“Now in the sixth month (after Elisabeth conceived) the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:26-33).
Here Gabriel tells Mary that she will be the mother of the Son of God, and that she is to name Him Jesus. Jesus is a name that means Saviour, and Jesus came to save His people from their sins. Jesus. The Son of the Highest. Descendant of King David. The Eternal King.
In the Old Testament, there was a man named Daniel who prophesied during Israel’s captivity. He declared that there were four kingdoms coming: a Lion (Babylon), a Bear (Medo-Persia), a Leopard (Greece) and a Beast (Rome). But after the fourth kingdom, Daniel prophesied that God was going to raise up a King whose Kingdom would have no end:
“I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14). Who was that king? Jesus!
When Jesus came into the world, He came to set up the Kingdom of God on the Earth. Although his kingdom is not a natural, physical kingdom, Jesus is spiritually ruling and reigning as King today. But there is an aspect of the Kingdom of God that is “now/not yet.” Although the Kingdom of God is now on the Earth, it is not yet all that it will be when Jesus returns to the Earth in His second coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are living in a time of transition in between the inauguration of the Kingdom and the consummation of that Kingdom on the Last Great Day.
Pastor Chris Jordan