It was the start of spring break, our church attendance was down on Sunday. We pray that everyone will have a safe week and be back to church soon. We miss each and everyone when they are out. If some are sick, our prayers are with them. We hope they are better soon and will be back at church.
The worship songs were “Are you washed in blood?”, “Love lifted me up”, and “Victory in Jesus”. The choir’s specials were “Amazing Love” and “Thank God I Am Free”.
Pastor Cottrell’s message was, “He is king.
Perspective changes everything. Have you thought about this lately? It’s easy to put ourselves in a position of understanding based on how we see or perceive something, but it’s almost just as easy to change that position of understanding once we’ve seen it from a different perspective.
For us, our perspective allows us to see the complete life of Christ, his service, his sacrifice and his resurrection. The Jews of His day did not view the life of Christ the way we do. Their understanding was clouded by their thoughts as to who the Messiah should be and where he would rule.
The prophet Zechariah said in Zechariah 9:9, “Behold, your king is coming to you,” one of many prophecies foretelling the coming of Christ. The Jews of the day seemed to celebrate the arrival of Christ, but it was because they thought he was coming to establish his throne on an earthly kingdom.
Reading the accounts of Christ’s last week, it is amazing how quickly people moved from cries of praise to cries of crucification. Why? Why has it changed so quickly? It has to do with people’s perception of who Jesus is. The question is this; is Jesus King?
In John 18:33-37 we find a conversation that took place between Pilate and Jesus after Jesus was handed over to be judged. During this conversation, the question was asked: “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered and said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate then asked, “Are you a king then? Jesus answered and said, “I am a king.”
We can read in Matthew 27 the account of a conversation that took place between Pilate and the people of the time. Pilate sought to free Jesus, but the people had no desire to free him. They shouted crucify him! People had a very narrow perspective as to who this man named Jesus was. Pilate went back and forth with the people trying to set Jesus free, but the people had nothing to do with it. Pilate said, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous. You take care of it. The people replied, “His blood be on us and on our children.
This is when Jesus was scourged and handed over to the soldiers to be crucified. The soldiers then mocked Jesus as they twisted a crown of thorns and put it on his head and a reed as a staff in his right hand. They bowed down to him and laughed at him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews! Their perspective was narrow, they were unable to see past the moment they were in.
The soldiers took him away to be crucified. On their way out they found a man named Simon and forced him to carry the cross of Jesus. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me every day.”
We have the ability to take into account the whole story of Jesus as we read it in the scriptures. What if these people truly understood all of history as we see and know it today? How different would these statements be if they came from a heart that sought Jesus as Savior and King? Maybe even a heart today?
Pilate asked, “Are you the King of the Jews? Is Jesus King? This is the question everyone should ask themselves after hearing the whole story of Jesus’ sacrifice. If you had the chance now to pick up that cross beam that was covered in the blood of Jesus, would you do it? Would you need to be constrained by others or would you be constrained by your desire to serve the King? He is coming and all will see and know that He is King!
“In the name of Jesus, let every knee bow, of those in the heavens, and of those on the earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, the glory of God the Father. » Philippians 2:10-11