Summary: PENTECOST 27,YEAR B - The King of kings, the Lord of lords
Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or Did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” Pilate said to him, “So you are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is the truth?”
Do you remember the show “name that tune?” Contestants listened to short renditions of musical selections and then were asked to “Name that tune.” How well do you think you would do if you went on that show? Well here is your opportunity, I am going to play a short musical selection and I want you to identify it. (Play “Hail to the Chief”) Do you recognize it? That’s right, it’s “Hail to the Chief.” This song was published in the US in about 1812. It was first played to announce the arrival of the president on March 4, 1837 when it accompanied Martin Van Buren’s inauguration. This musical piece serves to create a sense of Pomp and Circumstance It helps our elected representative look “Presidential.” Now can anyone tell me the words to this song?
“Hail to the chief we have chosen for the nation. Hail to the chief we salute him, one and all. Hail to the chief as we pledge cooperation. In proud fulfillment of a great noble call. Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander. This you will do that’s our strong, firm belief. Hail to the one we selected as commander. Hail to the president. Hail to the chief.”
As I have observed the on-going debate over the Florida vote count. As I’ve observed each side slugging it out in court. Listened to each camp’s representatives spin-doctor the results. As the days have turned into weeks, and the weeks creep towards months. I’ve wondered if in the end. We will finally learn who won the office for the next four years, but will have to wait for a lot longer for someone who will appear presidential. I can’t help but think would it be better to just go back to having a king. A king, after all, is trained from birth on how to wave, and how to speak, and how to govern. Now just think about it for a moment. There would be no more of this on the job training stuff. No more of this campaigning for the office. No more of these political parties. Just the royal family. And when the king (or queen) dies, we just follow the next family member in line. No more choosing by hanging chads. Our next leader would be chosen by their blood. Well, how about it? What do you say? Shall we forget this democracy mess and go back to following a King? But then our passage for today reminded me. As Christians we already have a king