Oakley United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Bringing Joy to God and Our Neighbors
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            Theology has often thought of Jesus in terms of three great offices – Prophet, Priest, and King.  Jesus came into this world to be the complete revelation of God to humanity, and in the Old Testament there is no more common title for God than “king.”

 

Ø  Psalm 10:16 – “The Lord is king for ever and ever”

Ø  Psalm 24:7 – “He is the king of glory”

Ø  Psalm 47:7 – “He is the king of all the earth”

Ø  Psalm 84:3 – “My king and my God”

 

When we get to the New Testament we learn that the center of Jesus’ message was the

“kingdom,” and how can there be a kingdom without a king?  Upon his birth, in Matthew 2:2 the Magi ask, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”  And at the end of Jesus’ story he is presented as king again and again.  When Jesus enters Jerusalem, the people greeted him by shouting: “Blessed be the king who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38 and John 12:13).  As well, Pilate’s first question to Jesus is: “Are you the king of the Jews?” And Jesus answered: “You have said so” (Matthew 27:11, Mark 15:2, Luke 23:13, John 18:23).

           

When it comes to Jesus and the idea of kingship – there are three things to be said:

1)    Temptation:  the idea of being a king would be tempting to any man; it must have certainly been a temptation for Jesus.  Satan even tempted Jesus with all the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 3:8-10).  And after feeding the 5,000 – the people wanted to take him and make him a king whether he like it or not (John 6:15).

 

2)    Different:  Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).  Jesus was not the warrior king the Jews expected in their Messiah.  He knew the temptation to establish his kingdom on power; but his kingdom is immortal because it is based on the royalty of sacrificial love.  The only throne Jesus could ever occupy is the throne in our hearts.

 

3)    God’s Kingdom:  For Jesus, the true and only king is God, and it is to God that the kingdom belongs.  Jesus taught us to pray “Thy kingdom come” – not “My kingdom come.”  Jesus was never a rival to God, but always the servant of God.  It was his task to announce the kingdom to humanity and to persuade us to respond to the love of God, incarnate in himself, and to enthrone god as king within our hearts.[1]

 

Blessings, Peace, and Love, 

Pastor Vic

 

 

 



[1] William Barclay, Jesus as They Saw Him, (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 198