"The Rightful King"
When we as human beings reject God as our King, we repeat an age old cycle of sin, discipline, repentance, restoration & sin again. The Bible tells us that God longs to be our one and only King, yet we want to follow after a human; so sadly God often gives us what we have asked for.
As we look at the history of the Jewish nation as its found in the Old Testament, we see king after king after king failing to produce a people who could represent God's Kingdom virtues and values here upon the earth. Some kings were better than others, but none of them could rule over the people of God in the way the people needed, which of course could onlyy be found in submitting to God as King & walking in His way.
Eventually, God had only one recourse: He must sen His own beloved Son into the world to deliver His people from their many enemies. Jesus was the one who would become the rightful "King of The Jews". Astoundingly, this King came to us in the form of a servant. He permitted those whom He came to rule to mock and ridicule Him. But as difficult as this is to believe, it was through the beaten, humiliated, disfigured, disgraced & crucified King that the rescue plan of the Father was finally accomplished. The enemies of human sin, the powers of evil, and the sting of death were finally defeated, once and for all. It is through believing in this unfathomable act of love and submission to the Lordship of the One who came to rescue, that we as individuals receive victory, blessing and unending love. Walk in His love today!
"When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother."
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. (1 Sam. 8:4-7)
Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:14-15)