When a king dies and another takes his place, it is traditional to proclaim: "The king is dead; long live the king!" This statement gives honor to the passing king while showing reverence to his successor. But did you know that there is a King who died and yet continues to reign and will reign more in days to come?
Join us in this paper as we undertake a brief study of Christ the King, the promised One who came from heaven to be born on earth as a king (Matthew 2:2); the One who died as a king (Matthew 27:35-37); the One who rose again and longs to be your Saviour, Lord, and King (Romans 10:9,10; 1 Timothy 1:15-17); and the One who will reign over all some day (Revelation 11:15; 19:16).
How is it with you? Is Jesus your King? Does He reign in your heart and life? Have you made Him your Saviour and Lord? Consider who He is and what He has done: He is the "only begotten Son" of God who came to earth to "give His life a ransom for many" (John 3:16; Matthew 20:28). And He did just that! When Jesus died on Calvary's cross, He "died for our sins" and then "was raised again for our justification" (1 Corinthians 15:3; Romans 4:25).
Now it is up to you: eternal salvation from sin, and a new life in Christ await all those who repent of their sins to God and place their faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. In doing this, you will be crowning a new King in your life by dethroning self, sin, and Satan, and beginning a new life that proves: "The king is dead; long live the King!"
—T. Don Johnson