“Hail, King Jesus” by D.A. Carson

“When Paul writes to Christians in the city of Corinth in about the middle of the first century, he describes Jesus as the king with all of God’s sovereignty mediated through Him: ‘For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death’ (1 Cor. 15:25-26).

Death will die. This, of course, picks up exactly what happened in Genesis 1, 2, and 3. Over against this massive rebellion that tried to de-god God, a rebellion that brought only death and decay, stands Jesus Christ. King Jesus has already beaten death, and He continues as God’s own king in David’s line.

Yet though He is a man in David’s line, He is the one who is called ‘Mighty God, Everlasting Father’ (Isa. 9:6). And He will reign until He has destroyed the last enemy: death itself. This is why the church stands up and sings, again and again, ‘Hail, King Jesus.’

We need a king-one who is perfectly righteous, who cannot be corrupted, who is entirely good, in whom there is never any taint of evil. He powerfully saves and transforms His people, who come to Him and gladly acknowledge His Lordship.

Hail, King Jesus.”

–D.A. Carson, The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011), 79.

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