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


Kingdom #AtoZChallenge

This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter K

The word kingdom appears more than 300 times in the Bible. It is used in two contexts. Earthly kingdoms are mentioned many times in the Old Testament. In the New Testament there are references to the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. Verses with kingdom and God occur 97 times and kingdom with heaven 45 times.

In retelling Jesus’ stories (parables) Matthew uses kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God, Mark and Luke use kingdom of God. John mentions the kingdom of God. John 3:5 In the Acts of the apostles and Paul’s letters (epistles) kingdom of God is used.

The best known passage in the Bible about the kingdom of heaven is the beatitudes, which I mentioned in my post for the letter B. Jesus mentioned two groups of people linked with the words, ‘theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. Matthew 5:3-12

Jesus’ disciples discuss his stories

‘Where’s the Master?’

‘He’s gone off on his own again to pray.’

‘I’m still wondering what he meant when he told all those stories about the kingdom of heaven. Or was it the kingdom of God?’

‘Are they the same thing?’

‘And all those different pictures. Yeast.’

‘A little of that goes a long way, but what has it to do with the kingdom?’

‘And the very valuable pearl. Something worth having, perhaps.’

‘What was that story he told yesterday? Wasn’t it about a banquet? Matthew, you have a good memory, remind us what he said.’

‘A king prepared a banquet for the marriage of his son. He invited all his friends and relations, but they made excuses. All the preparations had been made. He didn’t want to waste anything and he wanted his son to have a wonderful party.

‘So he told his servants to go out into the streets and the lanes and invite anyone they found.

‘There were plenty of guests for the banquet, but the king noticed that one of them was not wearing the correct clothes. He asked the servants to remove him from the banqueting hall.’

‘Oh, yes, that’s part of what he said. Why would there be someone there who needed to be thrown out? What was the Master trying to tell everyone?’

‘Well, let’s see. All the other people had taken the trouble to dress properly. Perhaps we have to prepare ourselves in some way to enter the kingdom.’

‘Look there’s the Master. We can ask him now.’

Matthew 22:1-14 is the story in the Bible.

Many of the stories Jesus told were about the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 13: 1-52, Matthew 20: 1-16Matthew 25:1-13, Mark 4:1-34, Luke 8:4-15, Luke 13:18-30, Luke 14:15-16:31

The Lord’s prayer (that is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples) mentions heaven and God’s kingdom Luke 11:1-13


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.