What Kind of King?

Have you ever thought about how Jesus, even though He is King of kings, is different from any other king we know.  When we think of a king we think of several things that just go with being a monarch.  Yet the Jesus we meet in Scripture is far different.

  • Kings have palaces…Jesus had no home or place to lay his head (Luke 9:58).
  • Kings expect to be served…Jesus “humbled himself and became a servant” (Philippians 2:5-11)
  • Kings declare war…Jesus is “prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
  • Kings garner land for their kingdoms…Jesus reigns in the hearts of men (Colossians 1:27)
  • Kings rule by force…Jesus controls by love (2 Corinthians 5:14)
  • Kings work you as slaves…Jesus offers an easy and light burden (Matthew 11:30)
  • Kings enslave…Jesus sets you free (John 8:36)

Jesus is so different from what we think a king should be that often people miss the fact that he is king.  How many kings do we know of that would…

  • wash his servants feet
  • seek the hurting, weary, blind, miserable, maim to give them comfort
  • go after an enemy with the love of a father
  • seek the lost like a shepherd does the erring lamb
  • make a home for each of his citizens
  • grant all debts paid in full
  • redeem the criminal
  • love the unlovable?

King Jesus has done all of these things and more.  It is hard to imagine anyone not pledging allegiance to Him.  Its hard to believe there are people who are ashamed to mention his name (Matthew 10:32,33).

Perhaps we should rethink what a true king is.

Listen to Him today!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
(John 15:13)

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ”
(Matthew 11:28-29)

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