“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king…” Matthew 21:5
Here he distinguishes this king from all other kings. It is thy king, he says, who was promised to you, whose own you are, who alone shall direct you, yet in the spirit and not in the body. It is he for whom you have yearned from the beginning, whom the fathers have desired to see, who will deliver you from all that has hitherto burdened, troubled, and held you captive.
Oh, this is a comforting word to a believing heart, for without Christ, man is subjected to many raging tyrants who are not kings but murderers, at whose hands he suffers great misery and fear… . Where the heart receives the king with a firm faith, it is secure and does not fear sin, death, hell, nor any other evil; for he well knows and in no wise doubts that this king is the Lord of life and death, of sin and grace, of hell and heaven, and that all things are in his hand. For this reason he became our king and came down to us that he might deliver us from these tyrants and rule over us himself alone.
See, such great things are contained in these seemingly unimportant words: “Behold, thy king.” Such boundless gifts are brought by this poor and despised king. All this reason does not understand, nor nature comprehend, but faith alone does. Therefore he is called thy king; thine, who art vexed and harassed by sin, Satan, death and hell, the flesh and the world, so that thou mayest be governed and directed in the grace, in the spirit, in life, in heaven, in God.
With this word, therefore, he demands faith in order that you may be certain that he is such a king to you, has such a kingdom, and has come and is proclaimed for this purpose. If you do not believe this of him, you will never acquire such faith by any work of yours. What you think of him you will have; what you expect of him you will find; and as you believe so shall it be to you. He will still remain what he is, the King of life, of grace, and of salvation, whether he is believed on or not.
Thy King, and He will still remain what He is and always has been, the King of life, of grace, and of salvation, whether He is believed or not. We do not make Him Lord of our lives. He is! He owns and directs us, which is a great comfort if we believe Him to be the King of our salvation, our lives, our circumstances, our death, and our resurrection to life eternal, through and for and with Him. Not believing Him will not change who He is, will not lessen the truth that He is the King of kings. He still owns and directs us in spite of our unbelief or wrong belief. Oh, how blessed we are when we believe, even when our reason fails to understand, when our nature fails to comprehend what we see. “Behold, thy king.”
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