John 18 33 – 37
Pilate went back into the palace and called for Jesus. He said, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”
Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own, or did others tell you this about me?”
Pilate said, “Do I look like a Jew? Your people and your high priests turned you over to me. What did you do?”
“My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.”
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, recognises my voice.”
Jesus was given in an act of vulnerability, he came vulnerable in manger-mild, and he was killed in the great act of willing vulnerability. This is important, and inextricably bound to his Kingship. This is the kind of king that Jesus was, and is.
It does do one well to consider the kind of kingship that Jesus represents. Jesus of Nazareth didn’t reign from a position of political and military strength. If we can follow our Great King, who embraced powerlessness in the manger and on the cross…great things can happen.
No army has ever defeated the power of darkness and evil. No bomb has ever staved the power of death.
But…a bloody, beaten, and naked Christ did. And, he’s our King.