In Simply Jesus Wright explores a few would-be Jewish kings between 160 BC and AD 135 and shows the pattern of each being seen as the king and acting like the king prior to their actually crowning and taking of the throne.
Not surprisingly this chapter is titled “The Kingdom Present and Future”. Yet, again, in a fashion that is very much Wrightian, he pulls out an interesting parallel about the familiar story of David and relates it to Jesus as the king is and was to come.
He writes (p.116):
“Think even of King David himself, a thousand years before. David was anointed by Samuel quite some time before he was finally enthroned. Was he king during this period? Well, yes, from one point of view. But, from another point of view, no; Saul was still king, and David in consequence had a price on his head.”
Then he adds,
“It is not insignificant, as we have seen already, that Jesus at one point likens himself to David at exactly this stage of his [i.e. David’s] career (Mark 2:25-28).”
Jesus, the king who was king during his earthly ministry and yet his kingdom was still on the horizon.