A Kingdom Like No Other

by Edmond Lo
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

2 Samuel 5:1-3

Colossians 1:12-20

Luke 23:35-43

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:43). Like the criminal hanging next to Jesus, the Kingdom of Christ is where we want to be when our earthly journey comes to an end.

Throughout history, kingdoms come and go. They take turn to rise to power and glory, and to fade into insignificance or even destruction. China, India, Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Germany, Britain – the list goes on and on. Unlike these earthly kingdoms, the Kingdom of Christ is the only one that transcends history and lasts forever. It is presented in Daniel’s prophecy as “a stone hewn from a mountain” that crushed all earthly kingdoms into pieces and achieved eternal dominance (cf. Daniel 2:34).

Unlike all human kingdoms, the Kingdom of Christ “does not belong to this world” (John 18:36). It is ruled by Christ, “the Lord of lords and King of kings” (Revelation 17:14). For this royal Kingship he was born and for this everlasting Dominion he came into the world (cf. John 18:37). Miraculously and without knowing it, Pilate testified to this mystery by putting an inscription that read “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews” (signified by “INRI” in Latin) on the cross above Jesus (John 19:19). It serves as a constant reminder to everyone who worships Christ and looks at the crucifix: Understand that this suffering servant who was spurned by men is Christ the King! “Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear” (Isaiah 53:11).

What a King! His Kingdom is like no other! Did God do anything else to affirm further Jesus’ amazing Messianic Dynasty? Of course, that’s why reading one (2 Samuel 5:1-3) goes hand in hand with this Sunday’s gospel reading. King David, a righteous and God-fearing man whose rule showcased the most powerful period of Israelite history, was a typological figure used by God to prefigure the coming of Christ the King.

The ascension of Jesus, the New King David, to the throne of the New Davidic Kingdom – the everlasting Kingdom of Christ that is already present in the Catholic Church here on earth – is foretold clearly in Daniels: “I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, he received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).