by Joe Alain

The 'Otherworldly' Kingdom
Joe Alain
John 18:33-40 (Focal Verse, 36)

1. A Kingdom Founded on Love (18:36)
2. A Kingdom Founded on Truth (18:37)
3. A Kingdom Founded on the Teachings of Jesus (18:37)

You might have missed it, but royalty visited us recently. I'm referring to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla who recently concluded a four-day tour to the states (3/17-20, 2015) stopping off in Washington, DC and finishing up their trip in Louisville, Kentucky. Unless he abdicates his throne to his son William, Prince Charles will most likely be the next King of England after Queen Elizabeth either retires or dies. When they landed at Andrews Air Force Base, they were greeted by U.S. and British dignitaries, although it was a somewhat subdued welcome, then they were escorted to the British Ambassador's residence for a reception.

On this day what we call Palm Sunday, heaven's royalty, Jesus Himself made a dramatic and triumphal entrance into the city of Jerusalem. And it's doubtful that anyone in the city missed his arrival. The Christ, the king had come! Make no mistake, in contrast to Caesar the emperor who claimed to be the Lord and king, who claimed to be the one who would bring peace on earth, Jesus was openly declaring himself to be the true ''Son of God,'' ''Lord'' and ''King,'' ''The one who brings lasting peace on earth.''

It was the beginning of the week of Passover, the most sacred week of the Jewish year. From the East, Jesus rode a colt down the Mount of Olives, cheered by his followers, ordinary people, working class folks. Knowing how the Romans thought of themselves and how the people viewed the emperor, it's easy to see how Jesus and His kingdom came into conflict with Caesar's kingdom. The kingly processional symbols Jesus used, the words shouted by the crowds were the words of revolution, ''Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David! Hosanna in the highest!'' ...

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