Please join us over the next several weeks as we journey through this Advent season. We will be hearing from many of our City Church staff as well as members of the congregation as we all ponder the mysteries of this season. Today’s contribution comes from our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Jack L. Carter.
Jesus is King
The Advent of the King changes everything. The consistent record of the doctrine of the church is that the initial disciples saw in Jesus a King and His rule as absolute. Even the revilers of the message of the Apostle Paul in Thessalonica understood this. In Acts 17:6-7 we read, “And when they (a mob of wicked men) could not find them (the leaders of the church in Thessalonica), they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is ‘another king, Jesus.” And they were absolutely correct in their appraisal.
In the fullness of time, born of a woman, Jesus comes as the Son of David who will and did fulfill God’s promise to David that a descendent would occupy the thrown forever. The new era, therefore, has come and the old era is passing away. We proclaim and testify that the kingdom of God has come, is coming, and shall yet come. We preach both “Christ-crucified” and “Repent for the Kingdom of God is here.”
“Advent is the act of divine authorization of Jesus as the Son of God; the Kingdom arrives in Jesus,” says James Smith. The Church’s basic confession is that “Jesus Messiah-King is Lord of all.” We declare in this that all providential institutions, all political systems, all rulers and authorities, are subject to the reign of God in Christ. John heard a cry from heaven at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. “Sovereignty over the world has passed to our Lord and His Christ; the Kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.”