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Our Lord, Christ the King

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LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF CHRIST OUR KING

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Jn. 18:33-37

Almost 2,000 years ago Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, accused of being an insurrectionist. The Jewish authorities had brought the charge that He was claiming to be a king. This was the most serious crime in the Roman Empire because it meant that the accused had dared to challenge the authority of the emperor. Pilate found the accusation difficult to believe as he looked at the lonely figure standing before him and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

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CHRIST THE ETERNAL AND UNIVERSAL KING

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Dan. 7:13-14; Rev. 1:5-8 & Jn. 18:33-37

A coronation ceremony is a great occasion for national pride. It is marked by a beautiful and elaborate ritual whereby sovereignty is conferred on the new monarch. The people acclaim their new king, pledge their unswerving loyalty to him, and experience a sense of unity and belonging as his subjects under his rule. Today we celebrate the greatest kingship of all and the only one that really matters - the kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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THE KING’S VICTORY OVER EVIL

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Luke 23: 35-43

When Christ died on the cross Pontius Pilate wrote this inscription, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” For a crown He was given not jewels but thorns; for royal purple, His blood; for a sceptre, a nail; for a throne, a cross. The Chief Priests objected to the title Pilate had written because Jesus was no King of theirs. They would never dream of giving Him allegiance.

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