(This blog post was originally written by Jean-Marie Jobs in January 2019.)
The terms “king” and “kingship” are common biblical words, occurring over 2,500 times in the Old Testament and 275 times in the New Testament. The terms are applied not only to human rulers but also to God. The concept of the kingship of God is regarded by many scholars as so basic to biblical revelation that it is viewed as an organizing theme for all of Scripture.
In the culture of Jesus’ time, kings were a normal part of life. The one time the Israelites didn’t have one, they petitioned God for one. People were loyal to their kings, they looked to them to make decisions for them, keep order, administer justice.
Not so nowadays.
The word “king” flushes up our personal views and experiences of authority and power, many of which aren’t great. Especially in our culture, where independence is lauded over reliance of any kind. The very notion of asking for help seems like an affront. And on top of that, we’ve all had experiences with both authority and power that have been painful or even abusive.
What would you have to give up to receive Jesus as the King of your heart? What peace could you embrace if you gave up the aloneness, the pressure, the weight of what you carry?