All Hail King Jesus by Danny Hahlbohm
Christ the King sermon in which we consider what kind of model Jesus gives us for being a leader/ruler/king. Rather than following Christ the Crucified Messiah, we often sneak back into worshiping King Arthur on the Cross, which is not the same thing. Along the way we look at how that shapes both our understanding of family roles and worldly leadership and one of the reasons of why men left the church in droves in the West.
Understanding Jesus' teachings about relationships and leading and the rule of God helps to makes sense of the "Why?" of the cross. His teachings are consistent with what he says and embodies about God the Father. If God is loving and compassionate and forgiving, Jesus is, and he expects us to be as well. Unfortunately, that demands a lot of work, internal work mostly, from all of us.
We human beings like to be captain of our own ship. But if we are to be truly free, we must be free of our own reign and submit to God's gracious reign of love and service. It is hard to embrace that shift. Our images really get in the way. That and my ego.
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Mark 10:42-45 ESV
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 7:12 ESV
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 20:25-28 ESV
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 23:11 ESV
The greatest among you shall be your servant.
John 13:13-17 ESV
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
John 13:34-35 ESV
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”