The King of Love
33 Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not Jewish, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Judeans. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Jesus is the King of this world, but not as the world expects a King. For we have a different kind of king who comes to rule with love. Love that we know defeats death and the grave. And for those of us who find ourselves living in the Kingdom of God, it means that sin and death can no longer hold us captive and bound. For we have a King who has led us to life everlasting in the Kingdom of God. Sure we live in a world that is often marked by violence and evil, but we also know the truth. The truth that these evil forces have no power over us – for we are citizens with the saints and live as the Body of Christ.