One time someone asked Jesus, “Are you a king?” He responded, “Yep.” (my own translation). What an odd question and an even more odd response from a Jewish carpenter who had nothing to his name and was moments away from his death.
What does it mean that Jesus is a king? In the shorter catechism the question is asked, “How doth Christ execute the office of a king?” Essentially, “How is Jesus a king?” The answer reads as follows, “Christ executeth the office of a king in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.” In the past few weeks I have watched news outlets tell the story of our world without any reference to a god that is concerned, let alone an incarnate king. I have seen my Christian friends profess faith in world leaders and other friends declare those exact same leaders to be the antithesis to Jesus, the Christ, our King. Regardless of your political affiliation, as a Christian, a follower of the Jewish carpenter who had nothing to his name and moments from his death proclaimed his kingship, we find ourselves in the tension of living in a world with leaders who have the power to divide us, change policies, and erect walls, literally and figuratively.
My hope is that in the whirlwind that is our world, we anchor ourselves in the truth that our Savior is a King; working to draw us in, defend us, and defeat the enemy. – Josh