When we look at a crucifix we see this statement inscribed on a piece of wood. One might think that this was a sick joke that Pontius Pilate or the Sanhedrin were playing on Jesus. But if one were to read the Gospel story, one would realize that the Sanhedrin members were beside themselves because of the inscription. They went to protest with the Governor, insisting that the inscription should be removed. But the inscription stayed.
It was no joke: it was the truth.
Jesus is King, but what sort of king is He?
A king sits on a throne, with a golden crown studded with precious jewels, with a scepter in his hand... but this King has a unique throne: the cross; the crown on his head is woven out of thorns; his scepter of power are the nails in his hands.
When one is in the presence of a king, one does not dare to say a word. Everyone keeps silent until asked to speak. Everyone tries to go by protocol... everything is well organized... everything is prepared well ahead.
But this One is a different King. Everyone closes around him, everyone tries to touch him, everyone is pushing and pressing around him. He does not have any security details with him.
But He is a King... with a difference.
When Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married, they had two carriages ready for them. One was open and the other one closed. In case it rains they would ride in the closed one.
Once He was in a boat on the lake and there was a violent storm. Jesus got up, lifted up his hand and the wind and the sea calmed down. “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
Whenever there is a state-dinner or a wedding banquet, a lot of preparation is involved. Food and drink should be in abundance because God forbids there will be something lacking.
And Jesus, the King with a difference, happened to be a guest at a wedding. The couple ran out of wine. What are they going to do? There was Jesus: “Fill the jars with water!” And the water was changes into wine.
Another time, the crowd ran out of bread. Whenever this happenes in an earthly kingdom, the government ministers involved start running around to this country and that, in order to sign agreements and conventions, because somehow or from somewhere they need to get bread.
Jesus did not worry about such a problem. He blessed whatever bread there was, gave it to his apostles to hand it out to the people. All had their fill with a lot of leftovers, notwithstanding that they were over 5,000 men apart from the women and the children.
But He is a King with a difference!
In all countries one will find prisons, law-courts, policemen because they need to control criminality.
But Jesus has a different idea!
To the adulteress he said: “I do not condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
To the prodigal son, who could be today’s drug addict, alcoholic, pervert, gambler, thief or playboy, instead of locking him up for life in a prison, he threw a party. He forgave him, He accepted him again in his house.
He is a King... a King with a difference... would you like to be part of his kingdom?