Kings and King of Kings #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

So far in the alphabet my posts for letter F and letter G have mentioned the Magi, who may have been kings. They went searching for the Christ child. Matthew 2:1-2

The Bible is full of praise for Jesus, whose birth is celebrated at Christmas. He is sometimes called the King of Kings. In his ministry he taught about the kingdom of heaven or the Kingdom of God. Kingdom was one of my words for the 2021 A to Z Challenge. In an earlier A to Z about the names of God I wrote briefly about Jesus’ name being the Name above all names.

King of the Jews was the name the wise men (or kings) called him when they went looking for him in Herod’s palace. It was also the name Pontius Pilate used to describe him at his crucifixion.

King of kings‘ is included in a well-known part of Handel’s Messiah – The Hallelujah chorus.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4


K is for King of the Jews

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

The first indication that Jesus Christ (Letter J) was a king was in the Christmas story, when wise men from the East looking for a new king followed a star. They enquired of the ruler, Herod, where to find the king. Matthew 2:1-2 This was not the same ruler as the Herod at the time of the crucifixion. (Letter C and Letter H)

In the Easter story the question of Jesus’ kingship is very important during his trial. There are numerous verses in the Gospels (Letter G) where the title, The King of the Jews, is used. These are in the passages describing Jesus’ trial (coming up in Letter T) and crucifixion. (Letter C)
Matthew 27:11 , Matthew 27:29 , Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:2 , Mark 15:9, Mark 15:12, Mark 15:18, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:3, Luke 23:37-38, John 18:33, John 18:39, John 19:3 and John 19:14-21

The title was written in more than one language on a sign above the cross on which Jesus died. It was also used as a taunt.

Many passages in the Old Testament point towards a future king. Christians believe that Jesus is the promised one – the King of kings.