“My Kingdom is not of this world!”
Scripture reading for April 30th: John 18
After Jesus and the disciples had prayed all night, before sunrise Judas Iscariot led a band of soldiers and religious officials to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus. Jesus was expecting them and asked them who they wanted. When they replied “Jesus of Nazareth”–Jesus answered, “I am He.” (John 18:4-6) The power of Jesus’ words caused this group to fall to the ground! Jesus then commanded them to let the rest go and they obeyed. Peter tried to defend Jesus by using his sword, but Jesus rebuked him: “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?” (John 18:11) Jesus was in control and obeying the plan of the Father!
As Jesus was led before the Jewish officials of the synagogue, they could find nothing to charge Him with. He was then taken before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate’s first question to the Jews was what do you charge Him with? They had no answer. Pilate’s first question to Jesus was “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about Me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was Your people and Your chief priests who handed You over to me. What is it that you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king.” (John 18:33-37)
Jesus publicly admitted that He was a king with a kingdom that was not of this world. His kingdom would rule forever and He would never cease to be King! Have you acknowledged Jesus as King?