Perhaps you have heard this story. It's a great story:
Many years ago, when Hitler's forces occupied
It's a wonderful story with a powerful point. The only problem is it isn't true. It's an urban legend. It's been around for a long time and told thousands of times over. And now with the internet we are getting a lot of these legendary stories retold. Too bad! What an image for a king, identifying with his people.
"Are you the king of the Jews?" Pilate asked. "Is that your idea," Jesus said to
him, "or did others talk to you about me?" That's how these legends get started.
Other people talking about what other people have said. Jesus was essentially
crucified on gossip and rumor. An urban legend had developed around his ministry
that he was going to lead a revolt against
In his conversation with Pilate, Jesus finally does imply that he is a king. "My kingdom," he explains, "is not of this world." Not of this world. That's what it takes. That's what it takes to find a King who identifies with his people. A King of heaven, a King of kings from some place other than this world.
Pilate and Jesus. Kingdoms in conflict. There are great lessons found in the tension between these two. Let's take a look at...
1. The Kingdoms of this World.
2. The Kingdom not of this World.
3. And the Truth we learn from the conflict of the two.
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