Look at the parody of justice we find in John 18. Jesus, the one who created all things, standing before Pilate. The King of Kings being interrogated by a Roman regional governor.

“Are you the King of the Jews?” Pilate asks.

“My Kingdom is not like yours,” Jesus answers.

Hours later in time, and a chapter later in John’s gospel, as Jesus is being crucified, Pilate will order a sign to be placed above Jesus’ head. The sign reads “The King of the Jews” and it is written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.

Someone in the crowd challenges Pilate on this front. “Shouldn’t the sign say ‘this man said he was the King of the Jews?”

Pilate answers, “What I have written I have written.”

In the 19th chapter of John’s Gospel, we see Jesus bear the title “King of the Jews” as he is crucified.

But in the 19th chapter of John’s Apocalypse, we see a different vision of Jesus. The curtain is peeled back, and this time Jesus bears another title. Jesus returns to Jerusalem, not riding on a Donkey but on a Horse, and on his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

An excerpt from my Christ the King Sermon last week. Listen or watch here: Bring on the Apocalypse.