What kind of king do we need?

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14 April, 2019Simon Dent

When Scott Morrison called the election for May 18 on Thursday we all once again became king makers. So many are now asking “What kind of King do we need?”. Maybe a better question might be “What kind of King do we already have?”.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey it was his coronation parade. In that journey he declared that He alone is the King we need, even if he is not the king we want. A king who will lay down his life for our salvation, a king who will serve his Father in heaven before he will serve us or himself, a King who will continue to rule because he has been appointed to that role by the very one who created us. When we know we already have a king maybe we may be a little kinder and wiser regarding the earthly kings He gives us.

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” say, “The Lord needs it.”’

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’

34 They replied, ‘The Lord needs it.’

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’

‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’

40 ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’

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