My kingdom is not of this world.

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders ... delivered him over to Pilate the governor. ... Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.”


The silence of Jesus during this time speaks volumes to mankind. During this whole process of judgment the Lord refuses to participate in this fleshly judgment and mistreatment. He does not make any statements in his defense and, in Matthew's gospel, only answers on two occasions when he is asked questions about his identity. In each response Jesus affirms his identity as the King. Consider this passage from John's account before Pilate:
So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” ... Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
The placard that would hang over the head of Jesus on the cross would read "King of the Jews". Indeed he is a king like no other. In the book of Revelation he is called the King of kings and Lord of lords. He has always held this title. When Adam sinned in the garden he was the King. When Moses delivered the Israelis from bondage he was the King. And on that cross so many years ago he was the King. And I bow before his throne today.

You are worthy King Jesus! Of my strength, my mind, my love and all that I am.

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