Monday, August 6, 2018

The Titles of a Carpenter

"On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16).

Jesus is the most titled person in human history. If you study the New Testament you will find literally hundreds of titles used to describe Him. Jesus is the Son of Man, Lord, Christ, and the Word. But Jesus is also the Son of David, the Root of Jesse, the Son of God, the Lion of Judah, the Lamb of God, our Righteousness, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Suffering Servant, Savior, Lily of the Valley, Rose of Sharon, Great High Priest, Mercy Seat, etc. There is no limit to the names and titles that God and the universe will sing to Jesus Christ!

In our text today, in a final look at the returning King, John saw in his vision that Christ wore a banner around His robe and on His thigh (across His chest and hanging down on His upper leg as He rides), on which He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (cf. 17:14; Deut. 10:17; 1 Tim. 6:15). 

This is the third name given to the Lord Jesus Christ in this passage from Revelation. The incomprehensible name of verse 12 may express the mystery of His essential deity. Verse 13 calls Him the Word of God, expressing His incarnation as the Son of God. The name “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” expresses His sovereign triumph over all foes and His absolute rule in His soon to be established kingdom.

The diverse names and titles for the Godhead can be used in prayer to your particular need. In prayer, learn to focus upon your anxiety as relieved by the Prince of Peace, illness comforted by the Suffering Servant, and earnest requests attended to by the Great High Priest of our faith.