CHRIST THE KING; CHRIST THE HEAD
By Joel Finck
Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:2, Ephesians 1:22, 23
Paul clearly affirms that in the final analysis, Jesus Christ is "King of kings and Lord oflords" (I Timothy 6:15). Yet with regard to His relationship to the Body of Christ, an important distinction must be drawn.
To Israel, Christ is portrayed primarily as King. The wise men from the east recognized this when they asked, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" (Matthew 2:2). Indeed, the very word, "Christ" means the "anointed" One. This is a reference to the ancient practice of anointing the one chosen to be a king. (See I Samuel 10:1; 16:12, 13.) The Old Testament Scriptures are filled with references to this coming "King of the Jews" of which the second Psalm is a notable example. Here, Christ is foretold as the Lord's "anointed" (verse 2), "my king upon my holy hill of Zion" (verse 6), and a "Son" (verses 7 & 12) who will rule with "a rod of iron" (verse 9)·
However, to the church which is His body, Christ is not said to be a "King" but rather the "Head." Concerning Christ, Paul writes that the Father "hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all" (Ephesians 1:22, 23). Also in chapter five, Paul writes, "Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body" (Ephesians 5:23). This beautiful metaphor of a head and body suggests that we enjoy a unique and intimate relationship beyond that which Israel could have ever imagined. How we should thank God for our precious union with Christ as out Head!
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