At both the beginning and the end of Jesus’ physical life, Gentiles proclaimed His kingship. The wise men were the non-Jews to seek out Jesus, and they came because the cosmos announced His birth in such a glorious manner that they concluded it must be for royalty.
Acknowledge the crime for which Jews was being crucified, Pilate order that a placard be fastened to the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.” The Jews themselves did not acknowledge Jesus as their King and wanted Pilate to change the sign, but he refused.
Despite their refusal to recognize Jesus’ kingship. Jesus is King. He came to rule what is rightfully His, both due to his lineage and His creation-ownership. The Gospel of Matthew dedicates the first part of Jesus’ narrative to His genealogy, carefully tracing His lineage to David’s royal blood. And the Gospel of Luke outlines Jesus’ family tree all the way back to Adam, Son of God.
Jesus came first as a humble King, but He will return as a warrior King to claim what is rightfully His. The Gospel of John tells us of the present reality in heaven. “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:16)