INSIGHT FROM THE GOD’S WORD: Jesus is King
And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” -Mark 15:1-2
The night of betrayal was over, and the morning of death had begun. All of the leaders of the Jews gathered together to hand Jesus over to their enemy, Pontius Pilate. Their hatred for Jesus ran so deep that they were willing to hand him over to t Gentile to be judged and killed.
When Jesus arrived, Pilate asked him a simple question, “Are you the King of the Jews?” This was the accusation brought against Him: Jesus made himself to be a king, to overthrow Caesar.
Jesus is a King, but not a king as Pilate thought. This King rules not by fear and force, but by humble service. This King’s reign is one of sacrifice, not for Him, like Caesar, but by Him, for the sins of the whole world. There had never been a king like Him. Jesus’ kingship is so different from the rulers of this world, that it is hardly recognizable. Pilate didn’t know what to do with Jesus, and the world still doesn’t know.
Yet He is King. Gideon once told the people that God would rule over them, and that has now come to pass. (Judges 8:23). Our God, the King of the universe, now riles from the tree of the cross by His Son. Our King has come to die for us. The servant King is in our midst. Long live the King!
Adaptation from God’s Gift of Forgiveness by Toss Peperkorn, ©2011 Concordia Publishing House.
Father, may we worship Jesus our King for all eternity.
Last Updated: 3/8/2018