Why the Servant-King Came
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high . . . .
~ Hebrews 1:3
Does any other realm on earth know how to display the pomp and ceremony of royalty like the British? The traditions of rule by monarch, maintained for centuries, are still practiced, though primarily for ceremonial purposes. There are royal jewels, royal castles, royal protocols. Countries without a royal family to watch and envy seem to live vicariously through Great Britain’s.
Often, what a monarch does gets lost amid the fanfare of who the monarch is. There is a danger in viewing a royal leader and his or her entourage as entertainment for the people rather than as expediters of policy. And this can be true in the spiritual realm as well. Take the coming to earth of Jesus Christ. He came for a purpose, to be sure. But His coming from earth to heaven, and His dramatic resurrection and ascension from earth back to heaven, sometimes overshadow the simplicity and purity of what He came to do.
Take Hebrews 1:3, for example. Is this not a description of royalty? Jesus radiates God’s glory and represents him exactly. He sustains God’s kingdom by His powerful and authoritative word. When He returned to heaven from earth He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty. An entrance and exit fit for a king! But as we sometimes do while watching the British royalty, let us not forget the purpose of His coming. The Word made flesh came to provide “purification for sins.” Bookends of eternity support the window of time in which Christ came to earth to make his subjects pure—pure now and pure forever.
If I miss the death of Jesus on my behalf, I miss the purpose of His appearance. Because He came as a humble Servant-King, many royalty watchers have failed to see His true glory. May the purity that He provides reflect His glory through us to those who have yet to see Him.
Lord, thank you for sending Your Son to earth to purify me from the stain of sin. Amen.
~ Ken Boa
Dr. Boa is devoted to a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England.