“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” – Psalms 2:6
Our God created all things; yet there is a special portion which He preserves as His own. He is Lord of all nations in the world for He is the maker of all men; yet He reserves unto Himself a peculiar kingdom in which He will especially dwell. Our God gave natural life to all men; yet His special gift of eternal life is reserved for His children. Our God comprehends all space; yet He has a special place which He calls, “My Holy Hill of Zion”. Our God comprehends all time; yet He has designated a special time as His which He terms as “The Lord’s Day”. Our God controls all kings and turns their hearts as the rivers are turned; yet His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, is referred to by Him as, MY KING.
Our God gives this KING a name which is above every name. The conferring of this name upon our Lord was not by the ordinary act of man in the natural course of events. Angels were dispatched from our God to both Joseph and Mary to inform them of His name and to tell them why His name should be called JESUS. The angel told Joseph that Mary “shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.” (Matthew. 1:21) The name JESUS is the English translation of terms in both the Hebrew and Greek languages meaning: help of Jehovah and Saviour. The angel of the Lord told Mary, “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33)
The name JESUS means SAVIOUR. This was surely recognized by both Joseph and Mary and certainly without question “when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” Joseph and Mary marvelled at the words coming from Simeon which were so alike the words the angels spoke to them. The Holy Ghost had before revealed to Simeon that he should see the Lord’s Christ before he would see death. The Spirit brought Simeon into the temple at the proper time for seeing this child JESUS brought in by the parents to do for Him after the custom of the law. The record says that Simeon took JESUS up in His arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: FOR MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THY SALVATION, WHICH THOU HAST PREPARED BEFORE THE FACE OF ALL PEOPLE, A LIGHT TO LIGHTEN THE GENTILES, AND THE GLORY OF THY PEOPLE, ISRAEL. (Luke 1:29-32) When Simeon saw JESUS, Simeon recognized Him as the Lord’s Christ. When Simeon saw Jesus, he desired to embrace Him. When Simeon saw Jesus, he realized that his eyes had seen God’s Salvation. When Simeon saw Jesus, he saw Him as the great LIGHT to lighten the Gentiles, and the Glory of God’s people Israel. Not only did Simeon see Jesus and recognize Him as Saviour there in the temple while Jesus was yet a babe, but Anna also recognized Him: “And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to ALL THEM THAT LOOKED FOR REDEMPTION in Jerusalem.” Peter recognized the greatness of His name when he said, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that BY THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by HIM doth this man stand before you whole. This is the Stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the HEAD of the corner. NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.” (Acts 4:10-12) Be it known unto you all that when the name JESUS can be experienced in the very depths of your innermost soul there is SALVATION. Be it known that anything less than a complete deliverance perfectly merited by the Lord alone would not measure up to the name JESUS. JESUS is all of our salvation. Our salvation is complete in JESUS. JESUS is KING.
Jesus is the CHRIST. Christ is not a proper name, technically speaking. It is an official title meaning: Messiah, the anointed one. As John was the Baptist, or Baptizer; so, JESUS is the CHRIST. Paul states in Acts 17:3: “And that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. Yes, He is the One Who was consecrated, set apart, very sacred, and many times prophesied of in the Old Testament as one destined to appear in a later age as a GREAT DELIVERER. This anointed one is termed THE MAN, THE SON OF MAN, THE SON OF GOD, THE ANGEL OF THE COVENANT, and hundreds of other terms. You may read for hours and days in the sacred writings of the prophets concerning this Holy One which was promised to God’s people and you will still have much research material that you have not read. JESUS is the expression of His Mission. CHRIST is the expression of His power and authority. All that is said of this sovereign perfect deliverer of His people in the Old Testament Scriptures is true of JESUS, THE CHRIST. He is prophet, priest, King, the great revealer of Divine truth, and the only sole divine ruler in His Church. He is the sole legitimate ruler of the consciences, understandings, and affections of men. He is the only one who is given the power to give eternal life to God’s people. He is the only one who can cleanse the sinners of all guilt and present them spotless to the Father. He is the only one who performed righteousness which merits the Father’s honor. YES, JESUS, THE CHRIST, IS KING.
JESUS CHRIST is KING. The definition of the word, KING, is ruler - chief ruler - a sovereign - one invested with extreme authority over a tribe, country, or nation. We read in Isaiah 33:22: “The Lord is our JUDGE, the Lord is our LAWGIVER, THE LORD IS OUR KING.” We find that the term KING is used by the Apostle Paul rightly in that wonderful expression. Now unto the KING eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Tim. 1:17) This was addressed to God using the term KING to God as the sole sovereign and complete ruler of the universe. Again we hear Paul saying: “Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the KING of kings, and LORD of lords.” (1 Tim. 6:15) We call your attention to several scriptures where that the term KING was figuratively used to Christ as the Messiah, the Son of God, the KING of the Jews, and the sole Head and Governor of His church - See 1 Tim. 6:15-16, Matt. 27:11, Luke 19:38 & St. John 1:49 & 6:15 & 18:32-37. Christ is KING of GLORY, of ZION, of NATIONS, and of KINGS. He is KING over sin, death, and the Devil.
CHRIST JESUS IS KING OF GLORY. You may wonder as I did for many years, What does the term GLORY signify? The best interpretation that I can find after many hours spent upon research and meditation is that glory signifies extreme brightness of shining light which makes magnificently visible; it means to be heavy, extremely powerful, rich beyond comprehension, most honorable, and of greatest reputation. Peter, James, and John beheld the GLORY of Jesus Christ when He was transfigured on the mountain. Christ was in the midst of the glow of shining light. This made Him wonderfully visible to the on-lookers. When we glorify God we show forth His praise. We read in Psalms 24:7-10: “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the KING OF GLORY shall come in. Who is this KING OF GLORY? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the KING OF GLORY shall come in. Who is this KING OF GLORY? The Lord of hosts, HE IS THE KING OF GLORY. Selah.” The repeating of this question and the answers glorify even these expressions because they make it more visible and doubly demands the attention of the readers. Christ being the KING OF GLORY will undoubtedly result in making Himself certainly visible and as the brightest of shining lights to each and every one of His people. When we see JESUS, THE CHRIST, all things else are invisible when He appears in His GLORY.
JESUS, THE CHRIST, IS KING OF ZION. Re-read the text quoted at the beginning of this article and you will find that His Father set Him upon the holy hill, ZION, to reign as KING. Seeing that all power in Heaven and in earth is in his Hands, and that all power is given Him over all flesh that He should give eternal life to those whom the Father hath given Him, then, we must believe that where the word of a king is there is power. You may ask, What is ZION? The word, zion, is translated from a Hebrew word which means SUNNY. The classical meaning of the term denotes brightness of light. The most southwestern and highest hill on which Jerusalem was built was called ZION. David brought the ARK to this hill which made it sacred. David’s palace was erected there and many kings were buried in the royal tomb. It has been called, “The City of David”, “The Holy Hill”, and “The Hill of the Sanctuary”. Zion is frequently used for the whole of the city of Jerusalem and the inhabitants of the city were called “Sons of Zion”. ZION is used as the representative of the city of God, the spiritual city. Read Hebrews 12:22: “But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.”
This JESUS is KING OF ZION. He rules in the hearts of her citizens. His commands are not grievious. His people hear His Voice. They heed, they follow. They love His company because He gives them peace. The greatness of the Glory of Christ’s kingship works reverence in the hearts of His citizens. The multitude of this King’s grace works love and faithful obedience in the words and actions of the citizens of Zion. Peace reigns in the city of which He is KING. The King found us lame and helpless but He brought us into His Kingdom. Grace adorns the Beautiful Gate of this city of ZION. This ZION stands not on earthly foundations; but ZION is built on CHRIST, who is the chief cornerstone, elect, and precious. He is the elected King. He is the one who binds these citizens together and to Him. ZION, being upon a mountain, is in a safe place; it is a high place; it is a place “Which cannot be removed, but abideth fast forever”. (Psalms 125:1) The happiness which we have in MOUNT ZION because that CHRIST IS KING may be expressed as three great blessings: Favour of God, Joy of the Holy Ghost, and peace of conscience. Peace is in this city; it is nowhere else. Joy of the Spirit which is a gladness that can neither be expressed nor suppressed can never be found anywhere else but ZION. There is something peculiar about this special joy in ZION; we do not hunger for it until we taste. We do not desire until we have it. The tastes of Joy that we have here in this world given us in the visitations of KING JESUS are few and far apart. These moments of JOY are made more precious and sweet after experiencing long durations in repentance, sadness, and bitterness. King Jesus gives us sweet peace of conscience. A satisfied mind and a contented heart is the peace that is experienced in the innermost soul when King Jesus makes Himself manifest to us as our Way, Our Life, and our Truth. What peace of conscience we have when King Jesus appears to us.
CHRIST IS KING OF ZION yet Satan is king of Babylon. There are two spiritual kings, cities, peoples, and laws. We cannot say that Christ Jesus is King OF the devil: but we do affirm the He is King OVER the devil. Paul terms Satan as the “Prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. Satan is also spoken of as the “god of this world”, and as having power over death. (Hebrews 2:14) The two cities are ZION and Babylon, the great”. See Rev. 18:2. The two peoples are called the “Children of the Kingdom” and “Children of the wicked one.” Christ said to some, “Ye are of your father, the devil”. These two peoples are referred to as - corn and tares, sheep and goats, vessels of honour and vessels of dishonor, and Jacob and Esau. God’s law says: “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”. (2 Tim. 2:19) Satan’s law is “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16) The law of Christ is LOVE; the law of the devil is HATE. The Love of God entitled us to Zion; the love of the world entitles us to Babylon. The children of God are of Zion when Christ reigns in their hearts. The children of the devil are of Babylon and shall forever desire to dwell there, even though they, the children of the devil, shall come to a bitter end. These two cities were began in Cain and Abel: Cain a citizen of the world - Babylon -; Abel a citizen of Zion. The names of Cain and Abel signify their different natures in this world Abel means weak, lamenting, mourning; whereas; Cain signifies possession with a spear or lance, and to acquire. Yes, we know that the children of the world are wiser in their own generation than the children of Light. Cain built a city but Abel did not. Cain built a city in this world but a heavenly city was built for Abel by Jesus Christ the King and Builder of Zion. The city that Cain built was natural and temporary; but, the City that Christ built for Abel was spiritual and eterna1. Satan’s soldiers will achieve many worldly victories, yet the King of Zion shall equip His soldiers with an armour that cannot be pierced with the fiery darts of Satan. Satan builds a temple of Idols; yet more durable, Christ builds the Temple of God. Satan is the author of confusion and strife among the Lord’s little ones; yet more sublime, Christ is the author of peace as in all churches that make up Zion. Satan is the author of sin; whereas, Christ is the Author of Righteousness. Satan is the god of death everlasting; but Christ is KING of LIFE ETERNAL. Satan tempts us to a degree as he tempted Christ, by showing us all the things of the world that could be ours should we worship him; yet, Christ gives us of the things of the heavenly Kingdom which commands our worship, reverence, and willing obedience. Satan tempts us with the treasures of this earth which will perish with the using; but Christ confers upon and in us the treasure of Heaven which shall never pass away but will increase with the using. The treasures of the world will decrease as we use them; but the treasures of Heaven shall increase as we use them.
HE IS KING OF KINGS. We read in Proverbs 8:15: “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” Some kings of political kingdoms are graced with King Jesus reigning in their hearts, who issue just decrees. He turns the hearts of kings to conform to His heavenly decrees.
He is KING over sin. “The Son of God was manifest that He might destroy the works of the devil”. (1 John 3:8) Sin is the work of the devil which shall be destroyed by Jesus Christ.
Christ is King over the devil. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also likewise took part of the same; that through death HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL”. JESUS CHRIST is KING and will triumph over sin and the devil by finally destroying them. Devils must obey Him at His command. Sin must flee when Christ is actively working righteousness in the lives of His people. AMEN. - E.J.L.
Elder E. J. Lambert
Signs of the Times
Volume 132, No. 11