Friday, May 7, 2010

Four Titles of the Messiah part 5

Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor [ruler] together. Zechariah 10:4


Fourthly, He is called "every ruler." This is not to say that Jesus Christ is Jintao, Obama, Putin and Netanyahu. But He is in control of the rulers of the earth – even those who blatantly reject Him. The Bible says, ...there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. Rom. 13:1-2

Remember that Jesus created all things, ...whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him. Col. 1:16 But He is also destined to one day be every ruler on the earth. When He first arrived, He foretold that the citizens of His kingdom would hate Him and would say, “...We do not want this man to reign over us." (Luke 19:14) Indeed, this happened. When “...Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ (John 19:15)” They did not want Jesus to be their ruler. But one day, He “is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron...” (Rev. 12:5)

It is interesting to me to read that years before Jesus came to this earth as a man, Zechariah's prophecies were not only so accurate, but also chronological. He came to us from the tribe of Judah, born of the Virgin Mary. He entered Jerusalem as the Chief Cornerstone, but was rejected by those who were supposed to be the builders of God's kingdom. He became the peg, the nail, on which everything was hung before being cut off. When He next comes to earth, it will be as the bow of battle, delivering God's judgment upon a Christ-rejecting world. And ultimately, He will become every ruler, as He rules and reigns over the earth for a thousand years, and over all creation for eternity after that. What a great God we serve!


3 comments:

  1. This has been the most amazing exposition of a single biblical verse I've ever read. I am stunned at what I have learned from Donna's "connections" in this one verse.

    Thank you for the lift this blog is for me each weekday.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wonderful. I've really enjoyed this series, "The Four Titles of the Messiah."

    ReplyDelete