A King of Justice

It’s not the justice we would usually expect. We’re so used to earthly power and kings who wield the sword of retributive justice: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and so on. But the justice of Christ the king isn’t nearly so vengeful.

Christ the… King?

The sign on his cross reads, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” That sign was meant to be a bit of extra mockery, a warning to the people about what happened to those who claimed lordship over the land. It was meant to degrade the notion of a king, to dash the hopes of the proud and to bring sorrow to the oppressed. It was meant to say, “This man is no king."