The contrast could not be more startling…
baby in a manger / warrior on a horse
on one hand:
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 (KJV)
and on the other hand…
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses.
Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16
Jesus as he was / Jesus as he is
That second reference is, to some, a picture of the future, to others a vision of the past, and to others a picture of present reality…but to all it is an image of who Jesus is right now.
Basileus basileōn kai kurios kuriōn - KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS
· doesn’t need much explanation as to what it implies
o authority, supremacy, jurisdiction, command
o Jesus Christ has universal sovereignty
· There is no one over him …
o He is Greater than any king, queen, emperor, monarch, pharaoh, sovereign, or ruler
o He towers over all dictators, tyrants, despots, Caesars, caliphs, or czars
o He has jurisdiction over all generals, overlords, field marshals, prime minister, president, head of state, premiers, governors, mayors, commanders in chief
o He is greater than any head honcho of anything, anywhere, ever.
Basileus basileōn kai kurios kuriōn -
Jesus is KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Last year – Time Magazine - When we set out to rank the significance of historical figures, we decided tonot
approach the project the wayhistorians might, through a principled assessment of their individual achievements. Instead, we evaluated each person by aggregating millions of traces of opinions into a computational data-centric analysis. We ranked historical figures just asGoogle
ranks web pages, by integrating a diverse set of measurements about their reputation into a single consensus value.
Let me remind you of just some of the kings, lords, geniuses Jesus towers over…