36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:36-37)
Jesus is king today, exalted at the right hand of God, ruling over His kingdom. This is the gospel preached from the day of Pentecost to this very moment (Acts 2:30-36). All who expect Jesus to return to reign from Jerusalem will continue to wait in vain. His kingdom is not “of this world”. They have failed to accept Jesus’ prediction of the kingdom coming “with power” during the lifetime of those who heard Jesus preach (Mk. 9:1; Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). From Pentecost onward the kingdom is regarded as in existence, in which Christians participate (Col. 1:13; Heb. 1:3-4, 8; Rev. 1:9). Jesus was born to be a king. He reigns now as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Will you bow your knee to the king?