Christ Our King
Jn 18: 33 – 37: Christ Our King
Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” “Yes,” Jesus said, “I was born
for that purpose”. And I came to bring truth to the world. All who love the
truth are my followers” (v 27 Amplified).
Normally, kings are raised on a throne, and from there they rule. Jesus,
however, described the kind of throne He would use by these words:
“BUT I WHEN I AM LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH WILL DRAW ALL
PEOPLE TO MYSELF” (12:32). His throne would be His cross, and the
power He chose to use was the power of His love. He is the King of Love,
and this most tender and mighty of all powers is the one by which He
chose to govern and redeem us all. He evokes from us the freely chosen
response of loving and serving Him in return.
That the power of His love will not fail in its effect, He assured us at the
Last Supper when He said: “IN THE WORLD YOU HAVE TRIBULATION
AND TRIALS AND DISTRESS AND FRUSTRATION, BUT BE OF GOOD
CHEER – TAKE COURAGE, BE CONFIDENT, CERTAIN, UNDAUNTED –
FOR I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD” (Jn 16:33 Amplified).
For Reflection: By the way we live, especially by our attitude to truth and
justice, we daily have the opportunity to declare where our loyalty lies –
whether we are on the side of Christ and His Kingdom, or whether, like Pilate,
we take the way of evasion and cowardice, thus betraying Him
IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO REMAIN NEUTRAL!