- Jeremiah 23:1-6
- Luke 1:68-79 (VU p.900)
- Luke 23:33-43
The Sermon title is This is a King???
Early Thoughts: One of the ancient titles given to Jesus was "King of Kings" or "Lord of Lords". But a king who is crucified, put down by the Empire? Does that make sense?
Well Paul would point out that it doesn't. In 1 Corinthians Paul is clear that preaching a crucified Messiah is a stumbling block to the Jews and nonsense to the Greeks. And yet Paul is also clear that this is what he preaches. In fact Paul suggests that this message rings true because of (not in spite of) its foolishness.
Here in the 21st century we have likely lost the true impact of statements like "Jesus is Lord" or calling Jesus the King of Kings. After all, while we in Canada are technically living in a monarchy (and an Imperial monarchy at that) it is a very different monarchy than most of history.
Historically speaking, to refer to someone as Lord or King would be seen as a statement against the current ruler (this is true of Christian history as well when one was not talking about Christ). Certainly it is suggested that this was true under the Romans in the early years of the Jesus-movement. To say that Jesus Christ is Lord and King was to say that Caesar was not in charge.
In the modern world we have choices to make. We have to choose where our loyalties will lie. As people of faith we are called to be citizens not just of this world's nations but also citizens of the Kingdom of God. The twist is that this other Kingdom turns so much of our wisdom on its head. Christ really does not look like much of a king. But, enthroned on a cross, powerful in weakness, wise in foolishness, Christ is still proclaimed as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace. Glory hallelujah!
This Sunday why don't we explore what a king is/could be.