Bertie never wanted to be king, perhaps because of his stammer. He was the son and brother to kings, none more loyal or braver. But because his brother abdicated the throne, he took his place as George VI. His gift for kingship shone most brightly in the crucible of the Second World War.

In the same human sense, Jesus was the son of kings. David’s son, Nathan, was Mary’s ancestor and Joseph descended from Judah’s last king on the throne, Jehoiachin. In fact, as Joseph’s legal son, he may have had a claim on the vacant throne, but Israel hadn’t had a king in hundreds of years.

But Jesus is also the Son of the Most High God, and that’s the clincher. He is God’s one and only Son, according to John 1:18, and is the one who sits at the right hand of His Father’s throne (Hebrews 12:2).

He has the right to everything on the Earth and throughout the universe. The trees and the stones do His will according to Colossians 1:15. Yet He stands outside the door to my heart, knocking, asking permission to enter.

How often do I neglect to answer Jesus when He knocks on my heart, treating Him like a pest instead of the King of the universe?

Come in today, come in to stay, reign in my heart, King Jesus. Amen.

Go Deeper — If you are physically able, fall on your knees or lie prostrate before your holy King in recognition, worship and praise. Think about what the phrase “His royal majesty” and “His royal highness” mean when we’re talking about Jesus.

Read Further — Revering kings is a bit antiquated to many people today. What are the benefits of Fearing the Lord, the King of Kings today?

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