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::Devotional:: ‘The King of Ages’

October 28, 2009

This week I’m focused on King Jesus in my studies. I’m not sure how I got here, but here I am nonetheless. My big question is, “What does this title, King of Ages, tell me about Jesus?”

Paul made reference to this title in his first letter to Timothy:

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17

The “King eternal.”  The King of ages.  The King that rules over time itself.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and second coming is only part of his existence.  He reigned from his heavenly throne long before he was born in a manger.  Paul wrote to the Philippians:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  Philippians 2:6-7

Although Jesus never set aside his deity, or his power as God, to come to the earth in the form of a man, he did limit his knowledge and power and set aside his glory temporarily.  He left his throne to be born a man to die for our sins and was rewarded for that by receiving the name above all names which will one day cause every knee to bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philip. 1:9-11)

King Jesus was present at the beginning of time and it was at his commands that the earth took shape and was filled with living creatures.

For by him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  Colossians 1:15-16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  John 1:1-3

King Jesus will return again to gather his sons and daughters and bring them into their home in his eternal kingdom.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

For me, there is security in knowing that King Jesus reigns sovereign over and through all time.  I guess part of the appeal to me is the ever present consistency on His part in the midst of inconsistency on mine.  He said in Malachi 3:6 “I the Lord do not change…”  Being the King of Ages tells me that Jesus is not only well aware of my life and my struggles but that he reigns sovereign over it all.  Everything he’s seen, everyone he’s watched over, everyone he’s rescued, spoken with, and answered their prayers.  His reign over and through the ages is a testimony to his Glory and perfection.

All Hail King Jesus!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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