King without a Kingdom
"My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."In his own lifetime, people projected all sorts of their own ideas of power and authority onto Jesus. Some wanted a warrior to lead a Jewish military victory over Rome. Others wanted a prophet to lead a religious victory over a priesthood gone complacent at the Temple in Jerusalem. Since Jesus death and resurrection, people have declared him to be a great teacher, a magician, a philosopher, a poet, prophet, or even a deluded fool.
On Christ the King Sunday, the challenge is to answer the question Jesus used to challenge his own followers. He asked them, “Who do you say that I Am?” It doesn’t matter so much who other people say that he is. “Who do you say that Jesus is?” Was Jesus just a teacher, poet, magician, politician, an outlaw or was he something more? The answer is personal and for Jesus the answer had to do with getting at the truth of the matter. For what this king wanted and wants still is not to be king of an earthly klingdom, but to be the king of your life.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church