18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
A history lesson is in order here. About 1100 years before this the ancestors of the Jewish nation were struggling. For over 300 years since the death of Joshua the nation had been spiraling downward. Many of those years found them in subjection to the nations around them. Instead of conquering the Promised Land they were often being conquered themselves. Struggling to lay blame somewhere for all their troubles they settled on the idea that they needed a king. All the nations around them had kings and they all seemed to be doing better than them. Just as this idea was gaining a lot of popularity among the people God raised up Samuel as a prophet and judge. Things began to go better and the idea of having a king was set on the "back burner". As time passed though the people could see that Samuel was aging and there was no one to take his place. Again they zoned in on this idea that they needed a king. They brought the idea to Samuel and he rejected it. He told them they already had a King. Then God spoke to Samuel and said "Let them have a king. It is not you but Me they are rejecting."
Why the history lesson? Jesus is a King. Has been for a loooong time. It was King Jesus who called Abraham away from Ur to become a father of a new nation. A nation that was to have no earthly king. A nation that would live to love and serve God as their King. To this nation would be born the Seed promised to Adam and Eve, then to Noah and Shem and then to Abram. This Seed would bless all the nations. This Seed would form a new Kingdom. This Kingdom would be made up of every tribe, nation, kindred, language, and people. It would be a Kingdom like no other before in the history of the world. It would not be based on colour, bloodlines, or borders. It would be open to all on one condition...
Jesus was that Seed. "You rightly say that I Am a King." - Jesus
But notice carefully why He came. He came to bear witness to the truth. The implication is clear. Jesus was born into a kingdom of lies to show the deceived ones what the Truth is.
See it was a lie that Israel needed a king to correct all their problems. History proved the problems got worse not better because not having a king was never the problem to begin with. It was a lie that swept across the nation and became their "truth" even though there was no truth in it. Deception is when everyone believes a lie is truth. So deceived was the human race that the King had to come Himself and demonstrate Truth. The Truth didn't need to be argued in a court of law or written into a creed. The Truth must be lived. It must have flesh and bones and a heart. It must touch the untouchable, walk through the palpable but invisible barriers of racism, sexism, nationalism, prejudice, and pride. Tangible barriers like borders and religious walls also had to be redrawn. When Jesus was done there would only be one border and two churches/two kingdoms. One would be a kingdom of faith built on the belief that compassion is better than corruption and grace is better than guns. The other would be a kingdom of human wisdom where man's ideas reign and no faith is required. In this kingdom the strong survive while the weak die and are cast away. In this kingdom there is no true King and so the fight for supremacy is endless and exhausting. Peace is constantly spoken of but the leaders only want peace on their terms and the struggle is perpetual. In this kingdom the barriers of prejudice, racism etc... get higher and thicker. Fear for survival and desire for dominance rule.
"Yes Pilate I Am a King. I Am the King. I Am the Truth. Can you hear My voice? The same Voice that told you I Am the King." - Jesus
Choose your kingdom. Choose the King of kings.