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Discussion Ideas: Jesus

Discussion starter

 

Read this article about the King of Rwenzururu, Uganda.

For many years, Charles Wesley Mumbere had been living in America, working in a care home. Not one person realised he was actually a king in Uganda!

Some questions for discussion

  • What kind of behaviour do you typically expect of a king? How does Charles Mumbere compare?
  • How did his friends at the care home respond to finding out they’d been working with royalty?
  • How might you have felt if you’d been there?
  • How might this story relate to the story of Jesus?

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 the opinion of him was so divided, and still is?