King and Lord

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be a king? Have you pondered what it would entail to rule a nation? What are your thoughts? Do you believe you could change the course of country if you ruled? What would it be like to rule the world?

We like to hypothesize, at times, what it would be like to be the ruler of a nation for a day. We like to think we could make a lasting difference. We believe we could institute laws to make a positive change. We think we can change the world.

There is a King who has changed the world. No, it isn’t perfect. But it has been changed for the better in ways that we don’t fully understand, nor can we see. He changed the course of humankind with His life, death, and resurrection. Yet, He was not at the time, nor still day, believed by all.

Even the Roman governor, Pilate, recognized who He was, at least in some small way. He was inspired to call Him King of the Jews. He had it written on a sign to be posted above Him on the cross. It was no small matter for Pilate to do this. After all, he was to answer to King Agrippa and, ultimately, to Caesar. Only Caesar was to be treated as a god.

The chief priests and other leading Jews objected to the sign. They did not want it displayed in such a public way, if at all. They were opposed to Jesus being called a king, let alone the King of the Jews. His teachings shook their understanding of who God was and is.

We know people today who continue to object to Jesus being called a king. They deny that He has changed anything. They refuse to acknowledge Him for who He is. They believe they are in control of their lives, and they will not give up their perceived control to the One who is truly in control. Despite their objections, Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

I pray we all see Jesus as the true King of the world. I pray we acknowledge Him for who He is. I pray each one of us believe Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Know that Jesus is THE King. Know that He is in control. Acknowledge Him as King. Submit to Him as King. See Him for who He is.

John 19:19-22 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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