My co-worker and fellow blogger shared this article with me in which the columnist challenged people, in the new year and the new decade, to look at a few things through fresh eyes. The writer listed 52 suggestions, one for every week of the year. This week’s topic is the Sayings of King Jesus.
The way this prompt is worded is interesting to me because of the insertion of the word “King” before Jesus. Jesus is so many different things that it’s interesting to me the creator of this list decided to make King Jesus one of the weekly topics (as opposed to Jesus the Teacher, friend Jesus, etc.) It’s a fine and accurate persona of Jesus, it’s just not the one I most closely associate with, in particular when thinking about the things Jesus said.
The sayings of Christ that come to mind for me are not particularly “kingly.” When I think of things Jesus said, I think of things like parables and sermons and object lessons which are more in line with Jesus as a teacher. I also frequently recall his words of authority, with commands like “Be Clean” (Matt. 8:3) to someone who was sick and his rebuke of the winds and waves (Matt 8:26). Other words that come to mind show Jesus’ human side — “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) at the death of his friend Lazarus.
None of this is to say that Jesus isn’t a King or that I don’t believe He is King — Jesus is King — it just means that’s not how I relate to him (right now) and not how His words speak to me (right now). I believe that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords with all the respect and admiration that goes along with it. But on a day to day basis my Jesus is my teacher, my comfort, my strength, my confidante — my friend.