Friday, April 7, 2017

Of Kings and Wimps

The word “king” resonates with power and strength. We imagine in our minds a person who is decisive and forceful in both words and actions. Someone who will not be denied what they want.

On the Sunday Christians call “Palm Sunday” Jesus of Nazareth rode into the city of Jerusalem and was welcomed as a king. Five days later, that same group of people demanded his execution. Why? Jesus didn’t fit their “kingly” thinking. For those individuals Jesus fit more into the wimp category, one who would not challenge the status quo and instead spoke of spiritual and eternal things. They didn’t want inner change, they wanted blood in the streets and they wanted it now.

And blood did flow the Friday after “Palm Sunday”. It was the blood of the same one they had proclaimed king. Instead of riding on a donkey he was now nailed to a cross. But it was on that cross Jesus redefined the word “king” forever. Instead of an act of weakness, the death of Jesus Christ was the definitive victory in the most destructive war of all history. The reign of ongoing evil leading to death had been conquered.

All the great kings of the past who we study in history are now powerless – except one. He continues to reign and will forever. And the incredible thing is he wants you to reign with him. Will you join us for one of our weekend services to invite King Jesus into your heart?

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm

Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.