A Different Kind of King
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” John 18:36
The history of the monarchy has been filled with palace intrigue and family dysfunction. Harry and Meghan are not the first members of the royal family to be accused of being conniving. Family drama is only intensified when riches and power are involved. Conflict over a crown is nothing new.
The elders of Israel cried out to Samuel, “Give us a king.” They wanted to be like the other nations. And so the Lord gave them what they wanted and the drama ensued. The stories of the kings of Judah and Israel is just a sordid as the monarchy of England. Sinful people seek to serve their own interests. That is the common thread in every earthly kingdom.
Jesus came to be king of a different kind of kingdom. He came to serve His people rather than to be served by them. The King who entered the gates of Jerusalem was there to die for His people. His is an eternal kingdom that was purchased by the shedding of His blood. What a comfort and hope it is to know that we can raise our petitions to the King of all kings. As our world continually struggles under the wicked kings of this earth, may we rest assured that Christ rules over a kingdom that has no end. We live each day looking forward to being ushered into that eternal kingdom when the King comes again in glory.
Prayers – O Jesus, our eternal King, rule now in our hearts so that we always acknowledge your reign and look forward to the day when we lift our voices to praise You with all the company of heaven in the consummation of all things; for You reign with the Father and the Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Fraternally in Christ,
President Lee Hagan