Later in the week, Jesus stands before the Roman governor of Judea, Pilate. Always on the lookout for political threats to the authority of Rome, Pilate asks Jesus if he is a king. Jesus replies that his kingdom is not of this world. The Romans give into the pressure of the Temple leadership to humiliate and kill this pretend king by crucifixion. They mock him and whip him and hang him on a cross with a sign over his head - "The King of the Jews." They hoped that this would put an end to this nuisance king and his so-called kingdom.
But we honor Jesus as our sovereign and believe the kingdom of God that he ushered in continues to this day.
How is Jesus' "kingship" different than that of Pilate's or Herod's?
What sort of kingdom does Jesus rule? How would you compare or contrast God's kingdom with the "kingdoms" of earth, including the republic of the UNited States in which we live today?
How do you personally make distinctions (if any) between your citizenship in this country and your citizenship in the Kingdom (or Realm) of God? Or between your fealty to Jesus and your loyalty to the United States?
What are your expectations of Jesus as the messiah-king?