E-votional - The King of Freedom and Truth

ďYou say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.Ē
John 18:37(NRSV)


Kings tend to have it made, don't they? They make the rules, the kingdom is their's to rule. Kings don't wait, people wait on kings. Kings live in palaces; have servants at their side waiting to do whatever is necessary. Typically, they don't get in trouble, because, who punishes a king?

A young king was asked "What happens when you do wrong?" He replied, "When I do wrong, someone else is punished." To demonstrate, he broke a jar, and one of the servants was beaten. Someone needed to be punished, but you certainly canít punish a king, can you?

Hear the Good News, when we talk about Christ the King, and why He came, we see something different. In contrast to the king who allowed others to be punished for his errors, Christ reversed that approach to kingship: when the servants erred, that would be us, the King was punished. Christ came not to lord over us, but to love over us. He came to bear our pains, or fears, our worries. He came to walk with us as we journey through our dark valleys, through the loneliness of the night and through our wilderness experiences. He didnít come to make them go away, He came to walk with us as we make our way to the Father, as we make our way to freedom.

This freedom is freedom us from ourselves. All He asks from us is to seek Him out, to have a relationship with Him and allow Him to be Lord over our life. Unfortunately we do a pretty good job of remaining bound by ourselves, to things that really have very little to do with life. Iím talking about perceptions others may have for us, expectations placed on us, keeping up with everyone else, and all for what, so we can lose who we are? So we can lose sight of whoís we are? The truth is we are not bound by anything other than Godís love. That said, we are crazy. We are crazy to chase the brass ring, when the brass ring is only a brass ring. Love is what matters. Loving God. Loving your neighbors. Itís not stuff, it's love. This is the truth.

So, as we understand that He came to be our King, a different kind of King, The King of Freedom, The King of truth, let us know we are a part of the Kingdom. This means we are people, called by God, to make a difference in the world. We are people, men and women, boys and girls, old and young, who are to share the Good News of Jesus Christís presence in your life and in the world.

The King is calling you, time to participate in the Kingdom.


Gracious God, thank You for counting me among Your Kingdom. I know I have a difficult time recognizing my role in Your Kingdom, but I do understand that I am a part of it. Lord, please help me to live as though I belong to you, free and able to love. Help me to share with others, what you are doing in my life and in the world. Strengthen me so I can remain faithful to what really matters, My King. Finally, I thank You for all You have done and all You continue to do. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. David Banks
First United Methodist Church of Onalaska
PO Box 596
Onalaska, TX 77360
(936) 646-5859