Daily Dose of Good News from Noelle Fox,
Director of Faith Formation Ministries
Friday, November 19, 2021
A video recording of today’s Daily Dose can be found at https://youtu.be/MtfxbWgtlN0
This Sunday is a special day! We will celebrate Christ the King Sunday. Jesus Christ is our king! Pastor Sammi Shivener, a pastor from Jacob’s Porch, will be here preaching.
This Sunday is also “Thankoffering Sunday.” If you and your family are able to bring canned and boxed food items to share with others in need, you can place them here in the wheelbarrow in the gathering space.
Today and on Sunday we’ll hear about a man named Pilate. Pilate ruled in a region called Judea. Jesus was a Jew. The Jews were once part of a powerful country called Israel, but things changed. During Jesus’ time, the Romans were in control of Israel and the Jews were like prisoners in their own country. They wanted a powerful king to come and get rid of the Romans and make Israel powerful like before.
We think of kings as powerful people in fancy clothes with fancy jewels (place crown on head). In the Bible story for today, Jesus is called, “The king of the Jews.” Jesus didn’t think of himself as a king (Take crown off of head). Jesus didn’t wear a fancy robe or crown or have lots of money. Jesus is our king, not because of what he wears or has but because of who he is and how he loves. Jesus’ kingdom is filled with grace, truth, and love.
Today’s story is Christ the King and it’s from John 18:33-37. I’ll be reading from the Spark Story Bible. The story starts on page 474 in the Spark Story Bible.
33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters[a] again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
The priests were mad at Jesus so they took Jesus to see Pontius Pilate. Can you believe that Jesus didn’t even fight this or run away when the priests took him to see Pontius Pilate? Jesus knew that this was part of God’s plan. He knew he was going to die. Jesus really doesn’t seem like a king in this story, does he? Jesus is a different kind of king. He doesn’t wear fancy clothes or jewels. But, he IS king! He doesn’t need power over people. Jesus rules by loving us.
A great memory verse that can remind you of today’s story is The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty. That verse is from Psalm 93:1.
Anytime you hear the word “king” at church or when you’re reading the Bible, remember that Jesus is the King of Love.
And, now, please pray with me:
Thank you for the chance to learn more about you and about Jesus.
Thank you for sending Jesus to be our king and for letting us enter his kingdom.
Thank you for giving us Jesus to love us and take care of us—and even die for us!
I’ll look forward to seeing you on Sunday- in person or online. Have a great day!