“This is what the Lord says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. (NIV)
The Lord God Almighty is the King of Israel. The Scriptures are very clear on this.
Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory. Selah (NIV)
“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. (NIV)
The Lord God Almighty is Israel’s King.
Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. (NIV)
Jesus Christ is the King of Israel! IF A = B and B = C then therefore A must be equal to C. This is a standard logic statement. If the Lord God Almighty is Israel’s King and Jesus is Israel’s King then Jesus must be the Lord God Almighty!
Let us look at this prophecy concerning the Coming Christ child.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV)
Again, we see that Jesus, the child born to us, is one and the same as the Mighty God and Everlasting Father! Jesus is not just a man or just a prophet. He is the invisible Lord God Almighty made visible.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV)
Now, look at this.
John 1:1-3, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)
Ah … here we see something a little different. Not only is Jesus Christ the Lord God Almighty but so is the Word! The written Word, the Bible, is a visible manifestation of the invisible God too. Interesting. Very interesting. Lord God Almighty = Jesus Christ = Word of God, all one and the same.
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
king of kings and lord of lords. (NIV)
Again we see that Jesus, whose name is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, also has the name Word of God. Do you my friend recognize the Bible for what it really is? If you want to see God then look into your Bible—any part of it, that is, all of it. Is the Bible somewhat confusing to you? Is this any wonder? Do you really imagine that God is someone that you can readily understand?
Would you like to fellowship with Jesus Christ directly? Read your Bible. Would you like to hang out with God until you become like him? Read your Bible. I have seen people worship rock stars, reading everything they can find about them. They pour over the magazine articles and dress like them and talk like them and eventually they become like them—ick! How much better to worship the Lord with the same vigor and drive. How much greater reward. Pour over the Bible and absorb the Spirit of Christ.
“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” (NIV)
After Jesus’ death and resurrection he said …
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)
The King is Dead, Long Live the King!