We just concluded a sermon series on Jesus as prophet, priest and king. In thinking about Jesus’ role as king, I began considering how different he is as our king. He’s not only King of kings and therefore above all kings, he is different in every way.
What started as a brief call to worship has become a poem of sorts. More than anything it’s a call to worship Jesus, our king.
What Kind of King:
What kind of king replaces his royal robe with a servant’s towel wrapped around his waste?
What kind of king leaves his throne to live among rebels and traitors?
What kind of king exchanges a jewel-studded diadem for a crown made of thorns?
What kind of king befriends his enemies and gives them the keys to his kingdom?
Do you know this king? Does he sound familiar?
What kind of king looks into the eyes of rebellious subjects and invites them to become his lawful sons and daughters?
What kind of king forgives ragamuffins and renegades?
What kind of king rules by love, grace and peace instead of by force and manipulation
What kind of king sends his son to die the death deserved by his subjects while inviting those same ungrateful vassals to a feast fit for kings?
Have you heard about him? Do you know him?
What kind of king washes the feet of his subjects though they are quick to deny, abandon or betray him?
What kind of king allows his accusers to wrongfully sentence him when He alone knows the truth and should be their judge?
What kind of king forgives the unpardonable debts of his subjects and only asks they do the same for their debtors?
What kind of king knows all his subjects, not just by name, but in the finest detail?
Do you know him now? The King knows you.
His name is Jesus, Jeshua—the God who saves.
He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end. He is eternal.
He rules by righteousness and grace.
He came to serve as the Son of Man.
He came to lead as a Servant King.
He showed his love as the sacrificial lamb.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and one day all people will bow at His feet. But today he invites our obedience through repentance and faith.
This is his world. This is his house. He has invited us here.
Do you hear those trumpets? They are announcing the king. The Lamb of God. The Mighty Warrior. The Great I Am. Our Soon and Coming King.
Let’s worship him. Let’s give him our hearts, our lives and everything we have – it belongs to him anyway. He alone can be trusted with our treasures, our talents and our lives.
Come. Worship the King.