Christ the Crucified King
‘Christ the Crucified King’ was the first message in a series of four. The series is all about the Lordship of Jesus and how that truth lies at the very heart of our gospel. The passage of Scripture we will keep coming back to is this:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 NIV
My prayer for us all is that God would really speak to us through this series and that we would truly encounter our awesome King Jesus through it. I trust that this handout will help many of us to keep reflecting on the things that God is saying and to grow and change as a result.
Some main points
Here are some of the main points that were covered, along with some of the relevant Scriptures:
- Revelation 19:11-16 Joshua 5:13-15 Jesus is a mighty, majestic King who confronts us and challenges us to submit our lives to him.
- Matthew 4:17; Luke 4:43; Matthew 24:14 Isaiah 40:1-10; Isaiah 52:7 Isaiah 45:22-25 (compare with Philippians 2:5-11) The gospel or ‘good news’ that we proclaim is that Jesus is the King of God’s kingdom and that we can be a part of it too. When we talk about God’s Kingdom we’re talking about him ruling and reigning over everything.
- John 18:33-37; John 19:16-22 Acts 2:36 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 The fact that Jesus our King was crucified is an essential part of the gospel.
- Colossians 2:13-15 The blood that Jesus shed is royal blood that has the power to take away sin and destroy its dominion over our lives.
- Romans 5:8; Romans 6:1-23 Because of God’s great love for us he has made a way for us to enter into his reign (his Kingdom) and live under his Lordship.
- Colossians 2:13-15; Colossians 3:1-17 Our King was crucified to deliver us from our sin. We need to put our faith in what He has done and receive him as Lord by turning away from our sin.
Some questions to think about:
- Look at Revelation 19:11-16 and Joshua 5:13-15. Do these verses challenge you to think any differently about who Jesus is? How aware have you been that he is Lord and King as well as Saviour and Friend? In what ways might the awesome King Jesus be confronting you in your life?
- Why is the rule and reign of God good news? To what extent have we included the Lordship of Jesus in our gospel message?
- Look at Colossians 2:13-15. What does it mean for you that Jesus has triumphed over your sin at the cross?
- To what extent does your life reflect this gospel message – does your life tell the story of the Lordship of Jesus? Are there any changes you would like to make?
- How might it affect discipleship if we were to be more careful to include Lordship in our gospel message?
Take it further
Ways to Take This Further: Look out for the emphasis on Jesus as Lord throughout the New Testament and in the epistles (New Testament letters) in particular. If you haven’t ever read your whole Bible, why not start now with the New Testament?
You could consider reading this book by Scot McKnight:
“The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited” (Published by Zondervan in 2011)
There’s more info and a short promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6GyjaDhcac
You might enjoy listening to these worship songs (you can find them online):
‘King of Kings, Majesty’ by Jarrod Cooper
You could spend some time thinking about ways of sharing the good news that Jesus is King with people who don’t yet know him… and then you could go and do it!