By Jarrod Belcher
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ,” Acts 2:36. Last week I started writing to you about the importance of the ascension of Jesus which is sometimes forgotten in Christendom. The first thing to be said was that God glorified Jesus in the ascension. The second significant thing from the ascension that we should see is that it marks the coronation of Jesus as the King of God’s people. Before the ages began God the Father had a people of his own choosing based upon his love and the pleasure of his will. But the problem with having a people of his own was that they would be sinners and therefore would be unable to come into his presence. They would need a redeemer who would rescue them by dying in their place.
Who would be worthy to do such a thing? It is none other than Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God who would descend from his high estate into a world of corruption and sin in order to rescue God’s people. This work by Jesus was pleasing to the Father. Let us not think that when he was on the cross bearing the sins of all of God’s people that the Father was angry with the Son. That is not what the words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,” mean. On the contrary the Father was never more pleased with the Son than in that moment as Jesus had proven his perfect obedience in submitting even to death on a cross.
In Psalm 2:8 it is rightly ascribed to Jesus where the Father says, “Ask of me, and I will give you the nations, and the ends of the earth your possession.” David prophesied that God would give his greater Son not just Israel but the whole world. Jesus is our King because he has earned the right to be through his perfect obedience. And while his Kingdom is yet to be consummated or brought in full, it is not to be said that he will merely one day be King. The fact of the matter is he is King and he reigns from heaven at this very moment.