Mothers’ Union Devotion Sunday 21st November 2021 Christ the King
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.’John 18. 37.
When Jesus is acknowledging to Pilate that he is a king, he is referring to a very different kind of king. A perfect king that none of the Old Testament or subsequent kings have managed to be. Rather, one who rules a kingdom not designed and made in this world but designed and made in heaven. A kingdom that will be fought for by living a life of truth rather than a kingdom to be fought for by violence
Right from the beginning of his earthly ministry, when he called his disciples and started traveling around the local area, He taught them how to live a life of truth. He did not try to raise money for himself and his followers. Instead, he taught that you do not need extra clothes and possessions. Any excess you have can be given to those in need. He himself led this life of truth. A King who acted as a servant of all. Laying down his life for us and then continuing to absorb all our pain and suffering as he holds us in the palm of his hand.
He teaches us not to judge and punish others, as he forgives and pardons us. No matter what we do Jesus our King accepts our apologies. He teaches us about how to appreciate the good things around us so that we will enjoy life to the full. He encourages us not to worry, not to fear the future. Promising that he will always be with us. He heals and restores us, bringing relief from suffering, brokenness and loss.
In these ways and many others, Jesus acts as a wise king, showing us, his people, the right way of life. The way to build and live in his kingdom. Jesus allows us the freedom to choose our own way of life. We can accept him as King and enter into his kingdom, but he will never force us. However, because Jesus is the perfect king, we as his people are instinctively drawn to offer him respect and worship. To freely follow his teaching and way of life. Instinctively drawn to listen to his voice, the voice of truth. To act with love, compassion and forgiveness. To act as willing citizens of his kingdom. To acknowledge the sovereignty of Christ. To follow him as our true king. To allow him to rule in our hearts.
With all my love and prayers