Jesus is the king who has come to establish his kingdom, but it comes not through political or military conquest – it comes by setting people free from things that held them captive. Sometimes that means demons are cast out. Other times it means idols of the heart are cast out.
God’s breaking into the world leaves us exposed, giving us the option to either respond in humility forsaking our allegiances for a new commitment or hardening our heart in standing our ground and face judgment.
When you move from one house to the next, you have to put the old one in the rear view mirror. You can’t go back and help yourself to what’s in the fridge. Believer’s baptism is a public expression of leaving the old self behind, and walking in the newness of life.
If you want to be on the right side of history, or want to be remembered for some accomplishment, the best way to get there is through humble reverence and awe of the God who calls you to repentance.