Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church-Friedheim
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A 21st Century Parish with a 1st Century Faith
Acts 2:42

Christ the King Sunday
November 26, 2006
John 18:33-37


Introduction: Pilate asks “are you a king?” This peasant preacher, Jesus of Nazareth – is He a king? This prophet, who enters the capital city on a donkey – could He be a king? Where are His palaces, his bodyguards? Is this a king who stands here before Pilate with a crown of thorns on His head, a reed in His tied hands, and with rags for a regal robe? A King – are you kidding? Jesus is every inch a king because –

  1. He was born a king
  2. He lived as a king
  3. He died as a king
  4. He conquered as a king

I.        He was born a king – eternal

Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?” –Matthew 2:2

A.     The wise men, who, “saw His star in the east,” came to worship Him.  [1]

B.     The response of these wise men to Jesus is entirely appropriate, and their actions serve as a model of all true discipleship. They seek Christ (v. 2), and when they had found Him they rejoice (v. 10), and worship Him (vv. 2, 11 a).  They offer Him gifts that befit a king. (v. 11 b; cf. Psalm 45:7-9; 72:15)

II.     He lived as a king – power

A ruler is most powerful…when he tends to the needs of his subjects.” –Danker

A.     Speaking to Pilate as He stood trial Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”[2]

B.     It is the kingdom of heaven, and it belongs to another world. Christ is a king, and He has a kingdom, but it is  not of this world. His kingdom is not by succession, election, or conquest, but by the immediate and special designation of the divine will and counsel.

Its nature is not worldly; it is a kingdom within men (Luke 16:21), set up in their hearts and consciences (Romans 14:17). Its riches are spiritual, its powers spiritual, and all its glory within. The ministers of state in Christ’s kingdom have not the spirit of the world, (1 Corinthians 2:12.)

In this kingdom its guards and supports are not worldly; its weapons are spiritual. It neither needed nor used secular force to maintain and advance it, nor was it carried on in a way hurtful to kings or provinces. It tended not to alter any national establishment in secular things, nor opposed no other  kingdom but that of sin and Satan.

Its tendency and design are not worldly. Christ neither aimed nor would allow His disciples to aim at the pomp and power of the great men of the earth.

Its subjects, however, they are in the world, yet they are not of the world. They are called and chosen out of the world, are born from, and bound for, another world; they are neither the world’s pupils nor its darlings, neither governed by its wisdom nor enriched with its wealth.

III.   He died as a king – grace

Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” –INRI

A.     In His suffering, agony, crucifixion, and death He offers life and salvation to all who would believe in Him.  In His cruel death the Father offers clemency to all who are convicted of sedition against Him.  C.S. Lewis in his book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” describes it this way, “”When an innocent victim who had committed no treachery dies in a traitor’s stead the table would crack and death itself begins to work backward.” 

B.     Do you believe this?  The cruel cross of Calvary always looms ahead of us. Does the death of a condemned man seem compelling enough to offer atonement? Could His life and sacrifice really save you?  The surroundings and the circumstances of His death are the means by which we find peace with God and absolution for our sin.   

IV.  He conquered as a king – glory

And He shall reign forever and ever, King of Kings and Lord of Lords” –Handle

A.    In the book of Revelation St John writes, “Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:  “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,”     

B.    As a son and daughter of this king you have been given the hope and promise that you too will live and reign with Him in glory.

Conclusion: Is this Jesus a king? Most certainly He is – He was born, He lived, He died a king. When He appears in glory we shall see Him as He is – The Alpha and the Omega – King of Kings and Lord of Lord. “Even so come quickly Lord, even now, Amen”

[1] Matthew 2:2

[2] John 18:36

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