King Jesus and King Xerxes

Question

Jesus is a better king. Can you compare Xerxes and Jesus in the book of Esther?

Answer

Jesus is indeed a better king than Xerxes was. Though there are many, below are a few comparisons.

King Xerxes
King Jesus
Reigned from India to Ethiopia (Est. 1:1) Reigns over all the entire universe (Zech. 14:9; Psa. 11:4)
Sat on a throne in Susa (Est. 1:2) Sits on a throne in heaven (Isa 6:1; Rev. 3:21)
Never left his royal throne (Est. 1:2) Left glory of heaven to become a man (Phil. 2:6-7)
Nickname: king of kings In Reality: The King of kings (Rev. 19:6)
Fashioned himself a god Is God (Col. 1:15-19)
Surrounded himself with a private guard – the 10,000 immortals (Est. 1:3) Could have called more than twelve legions of angels, but didn’t (Matt. 26:53)
Threw a party to show how great he was (Est. 1:3-4) Instituted a meal to remind us of the importance of his sacrifice (1 Cor. 11:23-26)
Wanted people to show off his riches (Est. 1:4) Pours out his riches (Eph. 2:7)
Extravagantly wealthy (Est. 1:4-7) All things belong to him (Psa. 50:10) – immeasurable wealth (Eph. 2:7)
Wanted people to show off his riches (Est. 1:4) Pours out his riches (Eph. 2:7)
Desired to parade Vashti, his bride, naked (Est. 1:10-11) Clothes his bride in fine linen (Rev. 19:8)
Couldn’t make decision on his own, so surrounded himself with advisors (Est. 1:13-14) In eternal counsel of Trinity, ordained all things that come to pass (WSC 7)
Punished all who disobey him (Est. 1:15; 3:8; 7:7-10) Loves his church even when we were dead in sin (Eph. 2:4-5)
Banishes his bride, Vashti, from his presence forever (Est. 1:19) Will spend eternity with his bride, the church (Rev. 21:2-3)
Makes laws that can’t be repealed (Est. 1:19) Came under the law (Gal. 4:4) to fulfill the law (Matt. 5:17)
Declared male headship through men domineering their wives (Est. 1:20-22) Demonstrated headship giving his life for the church, and calling husbands to do the same for their wives (Eph. 5:25)
Commanded royal edicts to go to people in their own language to rule over them (Est. 1:22; 3:12) Commanded the gospel to go to people in their own language (Matt. 28:18-20; Rev. 7:9-10; Est. 8:9)
Killed those who entered his presence uninvited (Est. 4:11) Died and rose again that the church might come boldly into the presence of the Father (Heb. 4:16)
Honored those who saved his life (Est. 6:1-3) Honored by the Father for giving his life to save others (Phil. 2:8-11)
Reigned for 20 years and then died Died, rose again, and lives and reigns forever (Dan. 4:34-35)

I hope this helps.

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Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).