11-25-2018 Sermon - The Rightful Claimant to the Throne

Pilate had never met a so-called king like Jesus. Neither had any of Jesus' disciples. The long awaited advent of the Jewish Messiah/King was anticipated to be a glorious event, full of pomp and grandeur, with a mighty king crowned and sitting on a royal throne. Instead Jesus was mocked with a crown of thorns and he was elevated on the wood of the cross. In the most surprising fashion this is how the warrior king accomplished his victory over the devil, and over sin and death. But he also promised to return at the end of the age and make his surprising and more hidden victory a glorious and consummated reality that all could see. Those awaiting this return will be those who will celebrate in the end. The rest will wail on account of him...