My e-mail from agreatread tells me Tom Wright has a new book out soon.
The young man from Norbreck School won’t have read it, but he asked me a question that shows an interest in the same topic that has tickled Tom Wright’s imagination. ‘How did Jesus become King?’
Not bad for a Primary School pupil – I told him that it would be a brilliant question, even when he is 16.
The school children had come to see how the building was being prepared for Easter, and I tried my best to give them a sense of what goes on. They seemed quite knowledgeable already, and, as I have hinted, very good at both asking questions and listening to answers. But when given the chance, they asked question after question about Jesus, not the building. How could he go through walls? Did he die again? Why did he say the wine was his blood?
I did tell the children that I could only do my best, and if I didn’t know the answer, their teacher would tell them back at achool!
Anyway, back to the king question. It can be quite interesting what you come up with when put on the spot. My answer explained that Jesus always was a king, but he didn’t go around in a limo (answer to a previous question) and didn’t make anybody treat him as king. However, to some people who got to know and love him, they could see he was an amazing king, and so honoured him in that way.
As we will celebrate on Sunday, we have a king who rides a donkey.
He never imposes his rule on anyone, but gives it as a gift to all who come to him and bow the knee.