Reign of Christ Sunday November 22, 2015
What Kind of King?
“Are you a king?” “My kingdom doesn’t consist in what you see around you. . . . I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king” (John 18:36, The Message).
Here are pieces of a conversation between a soon-to-be-condemned prisoner and the local official of the most powerful nation of the time (perhaps the equivalent of the United States).
The prisoner’s kingdom, like that of the official, asks of its subjects loyalty, even to the point of death. But the prisoner-king has a different relation to his citizens. They have freely chosen to respond to his invitation to citizenship. They have a personal relationship with the king. They have not been bribed or forced. They have perhaps been encouraged by friends or family.
Like the prisoner-king in this scene, his citizens, when they are faithful to him, change the subject from power to the truth; they see that “what you see around you” in the end does not satisfy; they have discovered other things that do satisfy; they have discovered that other things—and people—are more important.
What sort of sovereign are we looking for? Where will we find a sovereign who can lead us to live most fully and most joyfully? We claim to be the subjects of this prisoner-king named Jesus. Are we?
Hermann Weinlick, retired pastor, Minneapolis, Minnesota