CP 244 What manner of king is this?
We need a king.
Almighty God, send a king, a real
king… now… please?
Not just any old king.
Send a liberty-bringing king.
Send a leader who has power and
a warrior king of strength and
We want a king who heals the sick,
who relieves the burdened and
comforts the afflicted,
who restores sight and opens
But, Lord our God, we need a messiah king.
We need a king who can overcome
the inner-tyrannies which beset
Our hearts betray us.
Our actions and inactions condemn
Our shame crushes us.
Our guilt crucifies us.
The enemy is too strong for us.
We cannot withstand his
His darkness overwhelms us.
A tyrant holds the keys to our
We can scarcely breathe in his
Are we to be consigned to death?
Lord of heaven and earth,
we have waited so long.
Hear our cry. Kyrie eleison! Have
We long for freedom. We ache for
Send your king soon, Lord. Send
When Lord, when?
Listen! Did you hear it?
A voice, from ancient times…
“Behold your King comes to you…”
Listen! I hear noise. Do you hear
Crowd noise. Rolling crowd.
Loud. Swelling. Roaring.
Closer and closer.
The crowd finds common voice,
common praise and joy.
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna to the Son of David.”
Our king comes… riding on a
Jesus of Nazareth?
Is this your man, Lord?
Is this your promised king?
Is this the Anointed One?
The welcoming throng halts behind
The eyes of the coming king
survey his city.
“Jerusalem, O Jerusalem…”
The ass-borne king and caravan moves
As it prophetically must.
The Temple draws him as a magnet draws steel:
The royal Son to His Father’s
The earthly setting of the throne
room of the Most High.
The coming king is aghast.
Sacred place betrayed for mammon
Indignation flares volcanic!
A whip cracks. Tables of trade
Get out! Out! Out! Now!
“My house will be called a house of prayer…”
must be established.
“Tell us by what authority you are doing these things…”
There should be a coronation
“He took the bread… he took the cup…
This is my body… This is my blood…
for you… for forgiveness… Do this in remembrance…”
The procession to enthronement begins in the
Judas came, leading Temple
guards and chief priests…”
Credentials are formally tested.
“The High Priest said to him,
I charge you under oath by the living God:
Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
The royal lips speak the
eternally noble and necessary answer.
“Yes, it is as you say…”
The world’s powers also seek to
“Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’”
I cannot help but wonder, my Lord
No king takes office without your
And now my mind recalls a strange
“Mary took a pint of pure nard…
She poured it on Jesus’ feet…”
But where are the royal symbols,
“The governor’s soldiers… stripped him and put a scarlet robe
on him, and then wove a crown of thorns and set it on his head.
They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and
mocked him. ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’”
The king is presented to his
“Behold your King…”
…to be loyally received.
“We have no king but Caesar.”
He, and his title, are set in
“Jesus of Nazareth,
King of the Jews.”
The king breathes his last.
And is buried.
Our dead and buried king.
What sort of a king is this?
My God, my God, why have you
On the third day he rose again.
What? He rose from death?
Death could not hold him?
Death could not hold him!
Our king is alive!
Impossible! But true!
He lives and breathes again.
The kingdom of heaven is indeed near…
“All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.”
The kingdom of heaven is not
near. It is here!
The kingdom of this king is
“Don’t be afraid!
I am the First and the Last.
I am The Living One;
I was dead, but now I am alive for ever and ever!
And I have the keys of death and the realm of the dead.”
David’s son is truly David’s
The river of forgiveness breaks
the colours of grace and mercy
The tyrant’s power is broken.
Look! The stronghold is
breathe. I can breathe!
We can all
“Because I live, you also shall live.”
“Because I breathe again, you also will breathe again.”
I am free. You are free. We are free.
Jesus the Christ, you are King of
You are Lord of all lords.
King of truth, holy king, loving
king of our hearts,
liberty-bringing king we needed.
King who meets our deepest needs.
Lord Jesus, Christ and King,
We worship you, praise you, bless
you and adore you.
We place our trust in you…
and trust only you, the Father’s
We will love as you have loved us…
We can but bow before you.