Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. (John 6:4)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “When Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone” (John 6:15)
Jesus was not a miracle king. Not a bread king. Not a healer king. Not a mighty conquering hero king. That’s what the people wanted: more whiz-bang miracles, more bread, more power! Wrong king. Wrong Jesus.
Jesus is no political king. A kingdom that’s tied to a so-called “Christian nation” or a plot of land in the Middle East or political alliances between nations, countries, and super powers is NOT His kingdom. He’s not an empowerment or fulfill-your-wildest-dreams king, no lucky charm king. Wrong king. Wrong Jesus.
So, what sort of King is Jesus, then? Well, He is giver of daily bread King. He really supplies our daily needs. He provides for your body that He and His Father created. But more importantly, He’s Passover King, sacrifice for sin King. He’s alone on a mountain King, up on Calvary King. Riding a donkey, nailed to the cross King. True King. True Jesus. “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19).
His Kingdom and Kingship has nothing to do with this world. But by His Kingship—crucified, died, and buried—Jesus is forgiveness-winning King. Forgiveness for our ignoring Him as King, for our changing what His being King means, for our wanting a different King. Through water, Word, Body and Blood, Jesus is forgiveness-giving King. We may want some other king—Caesar or whatever else rules our day to day routine—but yet He still comes as true King, true Jesus.
Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, but that’s all hidden power that He tells you nothing about. He does tell you that He is your King. There’s no power to make Him King. He is King: Passover and Sacrifice King; King of the Mountain and Cross; bread and wine, Body and Blood King. That’s how He’s King, King for you, to save you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Lent 4)