We can tend to apply our earthly ideas of kingship to Jesus, but in reality it should be the other way around. Everything we connect with kingship should come from the model King, Christ the Lord. The Book of Revelation describes Him in this way: “Jesus Christ is the faithful witness…who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father.” Psalm 93 adds “The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty…and girt about with strength…[his] throne stands firm from of old…[his] decrees are worthy of trust indeed; holiness befits [his] house.”
So the key attributes of a king are faithful witness, love for his people, self-sacrifice, and the power to inspire his people to change their lives in imitation of him. Imagine if our earthly kings could live up to such a model! Our own patron, Saint Henry, was a wise and noble king, selfless in speech and in deed. We call him a saint because he lived his kingship in imitation of Christ, not in imitation of the other earthly kings of his time. Few and far between have been the rulers who lived up to this high standard.
The Prophet Daniel saw Jesus receiving dominion from the Father, “an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away.” Dominion is lordship over and care for part of the world; Jesus’ dominion is infinite and eternal, encompassing the whole of this world as well as the world to come—heaven. We need not put all our trust in any earthly ruler because Christ has universal dominion. He is King for all of us; we follow His rule. If our earthly rulers fail to measure up to Christ, at least in some minimal capacity, we can judge them as unjust or unworthy of dominion. We can cast off a bad earthly king because our true King testifies to the truth. And we belong to Christ because, as He said to Pilate: “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
So let us praise Christ our King. May our songs of praise match the holiness that befits his house, and may our lives be changed to better imitate Him.