Summary: Sermon for Christ the King Sunday
27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Jesus is the King of Kings!
1. He was the king of justice and love then.
2. He is still the king of justice and love now.
Dear fellow redeemed:
Nobody wants to follow a looser. Just look at the attendance in the brand new Miller Park in Milwaukee. Attendance is down at Brewers games. Why? Because they lose way to many games. Look at the attendance at last years Twins games. Because they were loosing and attendance was low there was talk about contracting the team. Nobody wants to follow a looser.
It’s not surprising then that at the time our text took place, there were not too many followers of Jesus that were willing to confess him publicly. Many disciples had already deserted him. Judas had turned his back on Jesus and betrayed him. His disciples had deserted him in the Garden of Gethsemane. The fact of the matter is this: Jesus didn’t look like the King of kings. He looked like a looser.
Kings are surrounded by their advisors and their subjects. Jesus was surrounded, but not by loyal soldiers and loving advisors, but by vicious enemies. Our text for today tells us, “Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him” (Matthew 27:27).
Kings wear expensive, designer clothes and royal robes. But not Jesus. What he had was taken from him. “They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him” (Matthew 27:28).
Kings wear a jewel encrusted royal crown. But not Jesus. Yes he had a crown as well but his crown was a crown of thorns.
Kings have a staff or scepter, a rod that symbolizes their royal power. Jesus was given one. They put a staff in his right hand.., and (they) took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
It’s customary to kneel before a king. They knelt before Jesus but not in honor and in reverence. They knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:29), they said. They spit on him.
It’s customary to say “Long live the king!” But they didn’t say that of Jesus. In fact they did just the opposite. Then they led him away to crucify him.
His enemies wanted Jesus dead. And at this point Jesus did not look like a king. But looks can be deceiving.
So on this “Christ the King” Sunday, lets turn back to our text and be assured of this fact that even though Jesus looked like a looser, he was not. No brothers and sisters Jesus is the King of kings. 1. He was the king of justice and love then. 2. He is still the king of justice and love now.