And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
We gladly cling to Jesus as our Savior. We rest in His atoning work and find peace in forgiveness. We love His title as Friend of sinners, Blessed Redeemer, and we gladly take our place at the foot of the cross. And that is all well and good. But do we let Jesus be king of our lives? Will we take all He has to give without giving Him reign as our Master and Lord?
A king has power. His words carry more weight than other people’s. His decisions are more important. Do we give Christ that authority in our lives? Do His words and decisions take precedence over our own desires and command more respect than the words and influence of other people? A king is a ruler. He is able to command. As we yield that place of power to Him, He will guide us into righteousness, into living a life that is pleasing to God.
A king has position. He is above all. We have to choose to give Jesus that highest place in our lives. Living the Christian life and serving the Lord isn’t something that we fit into the rest of our lives. It should be our priority and what we build the rest of our lives around, no matter our place or station in life. When we give Jesus that position in our lives, everything else will fall into its proper place. And when Jesus has first place in our lives, we will be more fruitful and be blessed by Him.
A king is served. We should serve our Lord with gladness. We should give Him all due respect and reverence. We should serve Him with all our hearts. It is not out of a sense of duty that we should serve Him, but out of love and thankfulness for what He did for us. Our entire lives should honor Him in whatever we do. He is worthy of our service, our selves, and our praise. We go to battle for Him each day, seeking to further His kingdom, defend His territory, and uphold His truths.
Much is made of heads of state in our world today. That position and that role mean something. World leaders are viewed as more important than common people and are guarded and protected. But Jesus is the King of kings. He is all-powerful. He reigns over all. The Jews rejected Jesus as their king, but in our lives today, we can give Him that worthy position. They denied Him the position as ruler, but we can make that commitment to Him in our hearts. Gone are the cries of, “Away with him. Crucify him.” Instead, we behold our King, the King of glory.