The Savior Reigns
Joy to the Earth, The Savior reigns;
Let Men their Songs employ;
While Fields & Floods, Rocks, Hills & Plains
Repeat the sounding Joy.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” – Luke 1:32-33
Jesus Christ: the rightful inheritor of the the line and throne of David. How often do we specifically think of Jesus as a reigning king? This same savior who came as a helpless baby, who worked as a carpenter, who was tried, convicted, and nailed to a cross is the conquering king. I’m sure that many of these things affect our ability to see Jesus as a king. After all, none of these things seem to be king-like actions or responsibilities. What king do we know from our history books that worked a day in his life? What king do we know that was killed by his people and yet remained king?
If you struggle to see our savior as a conquering king, you are not alone. The Jewish people had been awaiting a conquering king for hundreds of years before Christ came along. Old Testament prophecy told of a Messiah who would come bearing the government upon His shoulders. They expected a leader of a resistance against the Roman oppression which had been abusing the Jewish people for years. So their surprise, disbelief, and awe when a carpenter shows up and proclaims that He is that conquering king is quite understandable.
In order to fully appreciate and understand the true and full identity of Christ as king, we have to look through the lens of both of his times on earth. In His first coming, he arrived as a helpless baby to a human mother, was raised and became a carpenter, and spent 3 years ministering through healing and parables before his death and resurrection. So Christ did not come initially as a physically conquering king, but rather a spiritually conquering king. He defeated death, redeemed our broken humanity, and conquered the stranglehold of sin over the lives of men. Christ has conquered the very thing that kept us from God, and He did it by assuming our broken humanity, and redeeming it.
In the final days, Christ is coming again! All those prophecies that spoke of a conquering king will be true not just in the spiritual sense, but also in the physical sense. Scripture promises that Christ will return, fully glorified, and reign on earth as king for a thousand years. He will defeat Satan and all of the evil armies. And the promise gets more beautiful still. Christ will raise our bodies back to life to reign with Him on the throne. Through Christ’s conquering of death during His first coming, He joined us to Himself, sharing with us his sonship and heirship over the throne of David.
And so, we have a savior who reigns. He reigns, at this very moment, seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. He reigns in the lives of those who have been joined to Him. He reigns over the redeemed humanity that He assumed. May this joyful truth be sung from the mountaintops this Christmas season. Joy to the Earth, the Savior reigns!