THE SERVANT GENERAL
IS THE TRUE KING?
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.
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
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
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”
Bend your knees only before the true King.