Family Bible Study lesson for March 13: Jesus: Our King : Friday, Feb. 25, 2005
February 25 2005 by John Pond

Family Bible Study lesson for March 13: Jesus: Our King : Friday, Feb. 25, 2005
Friday, Feb. 25, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for March 13: Jesus: Our King

By John Pond
Focal Passages: John 12:12-15; 18:33-37; 19:1-3, 14-16

The Jewish 'metanarrative' of exile and restoration frames the life and ministry of Jesus. He embodied the biblical story of God's relationship to the Hebrew people. Because of their rebellion and unbelief they were exiles in their own homeland. In their despair they looked to the coming of the Messiah to defeat their oppressors and bring in God's reign.

Jesus came in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies as the promised Messiah. Unfortunately, His own people did not recognize nor understand His kingship.

Receive the King

John 12:12-15

The festivities for Passover had begun. The streets and environs of Jerusalem were crowded with pilgrims celebrating this holiest of festivals. Word had spread fast of Jesus' approach and the miraculous raising of Lazarus.

In fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, Jesus rode upon a donkey's colt, symbolic of the conqueror who comes in peace. He was met with palm branches (symbolic of national triumph) and Messianic shouts of praise - "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord - the King of Israel!" Their cries of praise, taken from the 'Hallel' psalms (Psalms 112-118), affirmed that Jesus was truly God's anointed one. They received Him as triumphant conqueror, but He came offering peace and salvation to all nations.

Understand the King

John 18:33-37

"So, you are the King of the Jews, are you?" Pilate asked Jesus. He had expected to see an angry, belligerent rebel, not a harmless, inoffensive Galilean.

As Roman governor of Judea, Pilate was responsible for the peace of the region. Aware of the volatility of false claimants for the vacant Jewish throne, he vigorously and seriously squelched any and all threats.

However, because of his distrust of the Jewish religious leadership, Pilate privately questioned Jesus. What ensued was a redefinition of kingship. Unlike an earthly reign and kingdom, Jesus stated that His kingdom and authority were not based upon human invention or "from this world." Instead, His purpose as king was to point men to divine truth. His kingdom was of truth, His responsibility was to testify to the truth, and those who spontaneously responded to that truth peopled His kingdom.

Pilate's response was ironically an affirmation of Jesus' kingship - "So then, it is a king that you are!" Thus, the kingship, which the Jews rejected, and Pilate affirmed, was and is a fact.

Crown the King

John 19:1-3

In an attempt to sway the people away from crucifying an innocent man, Pilate had Jesus severely scourged. A brutal punishment, scourging would often strip skin off the back of the punished.

After the flogging, a crown mocking royalty and victory was thrust upon Jesus' head and a purple robe was placed on His shoulders. The final mockery was the slapping of His face and the words of false honor - "Hail, King of the Jews!"

Once more irony paints the scene. What was done in contempt and derision is due Him and will be done in the future (Rev. 1:7; Phil. 2:9-11).

Honor the King

John 19:14-16

The crowds could not be persuaded. In the text, John wrote seven times that Pilate "went out" and "went in" trying to prevent an injustice. Finally, he exclaimed, "Here is your king!" In the conflict between Pilate the Roman judge and Pilate the politician, the politician won.

"We have no king but Caesar!" was the most ludicrous protestation of loyalty coming from the Jewish leadership. Their scriptures affirmed no king but God. They rejected the very sovereignty of God

In contrast to the irony and despair of the situation, Jesus' crucifixion was not the defeat of a messianic impostor, but the divine victory of the Messiah.

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