Are You A King?-November 25, 2012
Scripture: Matthew 21:1-13, John 18:33-38
The story of The Prince and the Pauper is one of roll change and walking a few steps in the shoes of another person. During our children’s message we spent time seeing about the different hats one might try to put on but there was no crown in that bag. There is really only one crown and only one worthy to be called the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and that is Jesus Christ. All to often though we seem to try to take up that crown and dictate to God what we would do and how we would like for Him to act in a situation or on our behalf. We have no right to do that for He is our King.
It is easier to desire Jesus as Savior than to honor Him as King. Accepting the benefits and even willing to celebrate Him as King, without honoring Him with our service. Obedience may require a sacrifice. As Jesus moves toward the final hours of His life, He is fulfilling scripture by the way in which He is entering Jerusalem. The crowds begin to lay their coats on the animals and then on the ground, along with branches so that not even the feet of the animals would touch the ground. As the fervor begins to increase in this parade of sorts, the excitement is heard before the arrival. When He entered the city, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” Like hymn of our day, asks the question “What Child Is This?” the answer is the same, King Jesus. The Magi of old came to worship Him as a newborn king, and now the people of the time are giving Him the celebration of a King. Jesus then does not go to the seat of government but to the temple, and began to overturn the money changers tables. Condemning those who would try to sell God for profit.
He was not like king of this world. Kings of this world would try to use their power, might, and even the lives of their servants to bring about their honor and glory. This is not a battle of flesh and blood but eternity is at stake. Much like how we can not put on the crown of the King of Kings, He did set aside His former glory to enter this world and live as a holy, blameless, perfect Son of God, and then died in our place that we could be saved. The King sacrificed Himself for the good of His people. Wow, what a thought. He is worthy of our honor, our praise, our worship, our sacrifice, and our obedience. While we still try to pick up the crown He laid it aside temporarily for us and we must exalt Him as King and honor Him with our obedience.
Pilate asks if Jesus is the King of the Jews, and Jesus responds with a question. Basically, do you really want to know this or did others tell you about me? Pilate tells Jesus that he is not a Jew, and it was Jesus’ own people who brought Him there and Pilate wants to know what Jesus has done. Jesus jumps back to answer Pilate’s question, My kingdom is not of this world, if so then my people would be fighting to prevent this from happening. Oh, so you are a king? Jesus answers you are correct in saying so, I was born to come into the world to bear witness to the truth, everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Pilate asks, “What is truth?”
My kingdom is not of this world or my people would do what all other kingdom’s people do, fight. My kingdom will not happen that way, it has to be different. Instead Jesus lays down His life for us. The King died for me. Bearing witness to the truth. Jesus also said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father, except through me.” Often we want a Savior and sometimes to celebrate Him as King but not as often to honor Him as King with our sacrificial obedience.
Contemporary Christian group Downhere in their song How Many Kings? captures some of the greatness of what has happened in Christ. These are some of the lyrics:
How many kings step down from their thrones? How many Lords have abandon their homes? How many greats have become the least for me? And how many gods have poured out their hearts, to romance a world that is torn all apart? How many fathers gave up their sons for me? Only One did that for me.
Let us close with the video featuring the famous sermon from S.M. Lockridge That’s My King! Lockridge describes in detail so many of the wonderful qualities of Jesus, and he states several times, “that’s my king, I wonder do you know Him today?” An honest word of testimony from one of God’s dear servants of the Word, and then the haunting question, I wonder do you know Him today? He describes the wonderful kingly qualities of Christ, and asks do you know Him? Many of us are will to accept some parts of Lockridge’s description but to honor Him as King encompasses all. I wonder do you know Him today?