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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

HOLY WEEK 2018

WHO IS THE TRUE KING?

Good Friday
March 30, 2018


Pilate told the Jews about Jesus, “Behold, your king!” (Jn 19:14b). But “they cried out, ‘Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!’” (Jn 19:15a). Today, many Christians are still rejecting Jesus as their King. And they continue to crucify him.

The Jews had expected the Messiah to be a powerful king who would liberate them from their enemies. Instead, they got a suffering servant. When Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, he was hailed and exalted. “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna!’” (Jn 12:13a). Here after all was their Messiah, their king. But then, after he was arrested and vilified, the Jews rejected him. They preferred Barabbas the revolutionary. “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us.” (Lk 23:18). They thought that at least he was doing something to try to free them. How ironic. Barabbas could not free them. Only Jesus could. And he did.

Today there are kings, rulers over the people. They exercise power and authority. They are acclaimed and exalted. They manifest the trappings of high office. Not so Jesus. At least not in his earthly ministry. How was Jesus different from earthly kings?

Today, just as with the Jews, people look to earthly kings and not to Jesus. Today, just as the chief priests of the time, they are saying, “We have no king but Caesar.” (Jn 19:15c).

An earthly king prides himself in his power and standing. Jesus “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8). He died in ignominy, in rejection, in humiliation. “Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend” (Phil 2:9-10a).

Bend your knees only before the true King.

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