The term “King of Kings” is not necessarily a spiritual one. It means exactly what it suggests; that someone is the supreme king over all other kings. It was used of the Assyrian kings, the Persian kings, and even Daniel the prophet referred to Nebuchadnezzar as a “king of kings.” In our culture, we use the word “king” as a superlative. We have a King of Rock, a King of Pop, Burger King and Mattress King. We even have “Hot Dog King!” But no earthly king can hold a candle to Jesus.
In the early 1800s, archeologists were in the process of moving a statue of Egyptian King Ramses II to the British Museum. Actually, all they transported was the upper portion of the statue. To fuel excitement over the statue’s arrival, English romantic poet Shelly wrote a poem using Ramses II’s other name, “Oxymandias.” It went this way: “I met a traveller from an antique land who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, tell that its sculptor well those passions read which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Sooner or later, nothing remains of earthly kings who call themselves “king of kings”, but Jesus is different. In Revelation 17:14 the apostle John sees a vision of Jesus making war a group of kings who have sworn their allegiance to satanic forces. He writes, “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
Later, in Revelation 19:16, we find a picture of Jesus after He has fought an ultimate battle against the evil forces of the world. There John writes, “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: Kind of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
In Colossians, the apostle Paul makes it clear Jesus has reigned over every other potentate since the beginning. He writes, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
There was never any doubt about the outcome of the spiritual battle between Jesus and Satan, or even the physical battles He fought in His earthly ministry. The same is true today. Jesus is the King of Kings and His kingdom is the kingdom of God. He calls us out of Satan’s deluded kingdom of darkness into His kingdom of light. If we answer and make a change in our lives, we will be under His rule and He will reign in our lives and in our hearts.