A man stood before Pilate having the appearance of just one of the common people.
He had no rich man’s garments, nor kingly robes.
He had been interrogated through the night, which finished with Him being spat upon, and punched savagely, while blindfolded.
His appearance was pitiful.
His ordeal was degrading, humiliating, and agonising.
Pontius Pilate, the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judea from AD 26–36, would have heard the rumours about Jesus the ‘King’.
Yes, some reckoned that this man was the King of the Jews!
This despised man just didn’t fit Pilate’s idea of a king.
Where were the royal robes, where were his court officials?
Where was his army?
But Jesus answered Pilate:
My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews.John 18:36
But now My Kingdom is from another place.”
In the prophetic visions relating to the kingdoms of the world, in the books of Daniel and Revelation(13:1,11), it is interesting to note that these kingdoms emerge from out of the sea and the land:
Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.Daniel 7:3
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.Revelation 13:1 & 11
It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name…
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth.
It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon…”
But the Holy city in Revelation comes down from God, from heaven:
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.Revelation 22:2
Christ’s Kingdom is from above, it originates from heaven.
He rules in the minds of His people by the power of Truth.
Here is a King that is more than just on the side of truth, He is The Truth.
In Revelation He is called ‘Faithful and True’.
He is the best King to submit to.
He is the most worthy King.
There is none like Him.
For the second article on Jesus as King see: Hate without reason
Pilate image: thanks to The Pictorial Dictionary published by The Educational Book Company, London.