KING OF THE WORLD
Have your ever day-dreamed about winning the Lotto? Or being king for a day? What would you do?
When we were young, we had the time to indulge our imagination. We pretended to be famous, wealthy, powerful. Of course we grew up, but sometimes not out of those fantasies. In fact, multi-billion dollar industries are dedicated to making those dreams come true. But only for a while. And always for a price.
Let's take the ultimate indulgence. What does it really mean to be "king of the world?" Take a few moments and step into the shoes of Jesus. How would you answer the charge you were a king of all?
Jesus was charged with treason against the Emperor. For people said Jesus claimed to be "King of the Jews." So, Pilate put the question to him. Jesus responded, not with words of power, but words of truth.
How does the truth Jesus speaks and the truth the "world" speaks different? The truth of the world is transient in nature; it changes with the season and the political landscape. It speaks to ambition and power, to possessions and pleasure. The truth of the world is, at best, shallow.
But the truth Jesus speaks is one of the heart. The truth of Jesus is more than facts; it is one of fidelity. God is "true" to us; that means, he is faithful. He shows us his fidelity through his Son and the power of his Spirit. When we are true to God in return, we "live in truth" (that is, in relationship). Since God is eternally faithful, God's truth goes beyond the transient nature of politics, fad, and fashion.
How does your relationship with God touch you in ways the world cannot match? How has the truth of world failed you? How has God's faithfulness sustained you? A theologian once said that all revelation is invitation. In other words, all that God reveals to us invites us to live with him. This is the reality of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is Lord, so we might live near him in love. He is King of the World, not over us but for us and with us.
From a reflection on the Gospel by Larry Broding, (www.word-sunday.com)