25 November 2018 – Jesus as King

25 November 2018 – Jesus as King

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Who is Jesus?

That’s My King… I wonder if you know him?

 

Who is Jesus… This is one of the primary questions that the Gospels, that is the accounts of Jesus life seek to answer…

 

John 18:33 GNB

33 Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus. “Are you the King of the Jews?” he asked him.

It’s important to understand here that Jesus isn’t just having an intellectual discussion with Pilate here… What we know of Pilate, from the Bible and historical accounts from his day, is that he was an efficient, at times brutal, Roman governor… When a man like this asks you if you are a king, they are a asking if you are a threat to the empire…

 

John 18:36 GNB

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom does not belong to this world; if my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. No, my kingdom does not belong here!”

In this passage we are reminded that Jesus is a king, but not kind of king that Pilate or anyone else expected.

Throughout his life Jesus did and said things that people found surprising, offensive and shocking.

He didn’t seek to build influence through powerful social connections but he drew near to those who were seen as unclean, as sinful, as broken.

He wasn’t impressed by wealth and didn’t try to impress or make friends with the wealthy, instead he valued the poor.

He wasn’t impressed by religious talk, pomp and ceremony nor was he concerned in keeping the religious leaders on friendly terms.

He didn’t pursue social status or political power, refused to participant in violence and taught his followers to love their enemies…

He didn’t change his opinion as soon as it was obvious that what he was saying would be unpopular with those who heard it…

You know, think he wasn’t just the opposite of what people expect in a king in his day, but also the opposite of what we expect from our politicians today…

 

Revelation 1:5 GNB

5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first to be raised from death and who is also the ruler of the kings of the world. He loves us, and by his sacrificial death he has freed us from our sins

The book of revelation reminds us that through Jesus, we are invited to participate in this new Kingdom, a kingdom not founded or sustained through violence or political power, but through grace, through forgiveness, through the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

This kingdom isn’t one that seeks to keep everyone out, but rather one that exists so that all people may know that they too are invited in.

Moreover we are told that this kingdom is the one that will win in the end…

Revelation 1:6–8 GNB

6 and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father. To Jesus Christ be the glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

7 Look, he is coming on the clouds! Everyone will see him, including those who pierced him. All peoples on earth will mourn over him. So shall it be!

8 “I am the first and the last,” says the Lord God Almighty, who is, who was, and who is to come.

When I left home thismorning, Scott Morrison was still the Prime Minister of Australia… Is that still the case? You never know…

The thing is that perhaps the most important way that Jesus is different to kings and politicians we know is that he is consistent, unchanging…

This passage reminds us that grace wins in the end… That all that is evil, broken and unjust in the world cannot stand in rebellion against Jesus forever.

That’s My King… I wonder if you know him…?

 

Because he knows you…

And loves you…

And he won’t just change his mind…

 

John 18:37 GNB

37 So Pilate asked him, “Are you a king, then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”

 

The question is what will you do, particularly as we start our journey towards Christmas?

 

 We live in a world which is saturated with competing claims for how we should live.

  • Voices that speak about
  • How we see the world
  • How we see each other
  • Who is in charge

Intentionally of seeking to listen to the voice of God, to make space for the voice of Jesus in the midst of a loud world…

Make a point of listening to the voice of the one who invites us into his Kingdom.

Make a point of listening to the one who offers hope, acceptance and grace, offers an example of a different way to live…

Make a point of listening to the one who will win out over all powers and forces within our world, who is consistent, unchanging and trustworthy.

Make a point of listening to the one who calls for our obedience, our commitment, calls for our trust.

Make a point of listening to the one who reminds us that, together, we are called to be a Kingdom of Priests, a group of people who make God’s Kingdom real in our families, in our community, in this church here…

Speaker: Rev. Stephen Rothery

I am married to Shannan and we love life in the Redlands.

 

I love tinkering with technology, have spent waaaay too much time in on-line gaming and am an early adopter of virtual reality. (Currently rocking a HTC Vive at home and GearVR for mobile) Before coming into ministry my background was in Electrical Engineering/IT which meant I spent a lot of time working with information systems and automation in factories and industry around Queensland. All of this means that I am basically a huge nerd 🙂

 

In terms of faith, I am passionate about journeying with people as they seek to follow Jesus and understand what this looks like in their family/work/community. None of us are perfect, but through God\’s grace we can make a difference as together we seek to bring hope in places of despair, love to those who feel lost or ashamed and comfort to those who are hurting.