Who was Jesus?
This is a news clip of the King of Rwenzururu in Uganda. For many years, Charles Wesley Mumbere had been living in the States and working in a care home – with not a single person realising he was actually a king!
Some questions for discussion
– What kind of behaviour do you typically expect of a king? How does Charles Mumbere compare?
– How did his colleagues at the care home respond to finding out they’d been working with royalty? How might you have felt if you’d been there?
Related teaching point
In many ways, this is a picture of how Christians see Jesus. They believe that he was a king, the promised leader of Israel. More than that – he was the Son of God himself. But he was a ‘servant king’. He lived amongst real people. He got stuck into real life. John writes in his prologue:
“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” (John 1:11)
For Christians, Jesus demonstrated that God showed up in unexpected places and did things you might not expect. Perhaps this was why opinion of him was so divided – and still is?Bookmark