Last week, we noted that Christ was a priest by quoting Zechariah 6:13: “Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” We now want to consider how Christ was on His throne.
The Bible teaches us that Christ would sit on His throne, would be a priest on His throne, and would rule on His throne. The logical argument proceeds like this: Christ would rule on His throne while priest (Zechariah 6:13). He is a priest on His throne now (Hebrews 8:1). Therefore, He is ruling on His throne now.
In Matthew 21:1-5, Christ rode into Jerusalem and fulfilled prophecy about being a King (cf. Zechariah 9:9). Several other passages also testify that He was a King (Matthew 25:34; Luke 1:33; 19:11; John 1:49; 18:37; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:8, 13-14). Jesus Christ continues to have authority in heaven and on earth. He claimed that authority after His resurrection (Matthew 28:19-20). He is still head over everything, including the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18).
If He is our king now, there is no logical reason to look to the future for Him to be a king on an earthly throne during a literal, 1,000 year reign. The work of Christ in heaven on our behalf is indeed a strong encouragement for us to come boldly to the throne of grace. Since He has opened the way of access to the Father, let us draw near with a true heart (Hebrews 10:19-25).