66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68 and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.” (Luke 22:66-71)
Judas betrays Jesus. The religious leaders and armed soldiers take Jesus captive. Jesus stands trial before these religious leaders (never mind it was an illegal trial because it was at night). They demand Jesus tell them if he’s the Christ, but Jesus doesn’t answer them in the way they might have expected.
These religious leaders wanted to know if Jesus was the king of the Jews. The one who would overthrow the Roman yoke. You can see this is what their getting at because when they send Jesus to Pilate and he examines Jesus according to the charges he says,
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. (Matthew 27:11-14)
They end up crucifying Jesus with a plaque above his head “KING OF THE JEWS.” You’re not surprised. You already knew that. I want to focus your attention on the contrast Jesus makes when answering the religious leaders in the first passage quoted. Jesus says, “But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” This statement sheds light on the charge of regional king. It sheds light on the plaque above his head.
They had it all wrong. He wasn’t only the King of the Jesus. He was the King of the Cosmos. The King of Everything. Abraham Kuyper famously stated, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” and R. C. Sproul gets at this same point when says, “There’s no maverick molecule if God is sovereign.”
The religious leaders and Pilate were thinking too small. King of the Jews? Jesus rises from the dead and sits on the right hand of God. King of All. That truth should’ve brought the religious leaders to their knees. They were standing on holy ground surrounding the Son of God.
That truth should change the way you live. There’s not a single area of your life that Christ does not claim as “Mine!” No maverick minute. You live your life as a child of God in proxy to the throne of God because Christ sits at the Father’s right hand and you are in Christ. Let that truth sink into your belly and smolder.
So stop pigeon-holing Jesus. He’s not the king of your church. He’s the King of all of your life. The King of the Cosmos.