On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.
King of kings and Lord of lords isn’t the most commonly used title for Jesus in the Bible, but it is so important to understand this title. It shows multiple aspects of Jesus’ reign, helping us to understand what this looks like both now and in the future when he returns on Judgement Day.
This title shows Jesus’ immense power. Jesus has the right as the King of kings and Lord of lords to judge those who reject his rule. In Revelation 17 and 19, when those who have rejected Jesus’ rule as King and Lord wage war against him, seeking to defeat him and establish their own rule, Jesus destroys and conquers them (Rev 17:7-14, 19:11-21). He gives them over to destruction.
The good news is that Jesus doesn’t abuse his rule as King of kings and Lord of lords; destroying everyone just because he can. He rules graciously, calling many people into his Kingdom, under his perfect rule (Rev 17:14). This King and Lord willingly shed his blood, enabling his people to be made right with the Father through his sacrifice. He used his Kingship and Lordship to save those who he could have destroyed.
Because of this sacrificial love, the Father raised him up from the dead and made him the King of kings and Lord of lords, the perfect leader who rules justly, mercifully calling sinners into his Kingdom and judging those who reject his reign.
Jesus is rightly the King of kings and Lord of lords because he first loved his people by taking the punishment for them as he shed his blood on the cross.
What a joy it is to serve this good King and Lord, who out of his goodness is just and loving!