“Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?” Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.” Pilate said, “What is truth?” Then he went out….”
Sometimes as a writer, you have trouble choosing a caption for an article. You want one that vividly conveys meaning but at the same time not very cumbersome. The above caption means what it says;
THAT CHRIST IS KING TO ALL NATIONS.
Jesus Christ would have had no confrontation with the Roman Government if he did not insist on his kingship or if he settled for the status of ‘Religious Leader’.
The Jewish Council knew that as the core of his claim, and that it was the only way to get Rome to approve his death. They armtwisted Pilate with that charge.
“And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.”
That question today is still the Truth that enlightens and sets apart everyone who has received Christ: He is to us a King.
Christ is not to us a “Wise Teacher”, or a “Pious Man”, or a “Great Prophet”. No. That’s the way the un-belief ingredients view Him. But unto us, Jesus Christ is God and KING ETERNAL.
One time I saw the words “CHRIST THE KING PARISH” on the signpost of a Church Building, I stopped to reflect – “Do these people truly know what this sign reads?”
The religions and governments of the world have no beef to grind with you as long as you limit your Christ Jesus to the place of a religious leader or moral teacher.
But the moment you present Christ as King, that’s a red line to them. WHY?
BECAUSE that’s the light. And men will not have it.
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Jesus Christ is a King.
* The Prophets said so- (Isaiah 9:6-7)
* The Angels acclaimed him
* The Wise men saw it (Mathew 2:2)
* Christ himself said so (Jn 18:36)
And even Pilate, the impatient Roman General who initially refused to hear the truth from Christ’s mouth came round to it afterwards. ..
“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin..”
Friends, Christ is a King to all nations and tribes, more than anything else.
We the believers are now in his kingdom, far above the kingdoms of the world.
Do not suffer any man to gag thee. Publish it on the roof tops of the earth.
“For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and Lords many,)
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
1 Corinthians 8:5-6