‘City of the Three Kings’
…and Its One True Ruler
At the Memphis Bicentennial in 2019 the city historian joked that this city – so young yet seemingly so old – has been saluted as “the City of the Three Kings.”
Jimmy Ogle spelled it out. “Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll. B.B. King, the King of Soul. Martin Luther King, Jr., the King of Conscience.”
That has a right feel about it. However there is another King each of these outstanding talents might have numbered for Number One spot. Elvis used to react to the title “king” by saying, “There’s only one real king.” Certainly Martin Luther King would have seconded that motion. It was Jesus Christ who announced his kingship while in bonds before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate in the 30s AD. The interview was recorded by his disciple John.
“Then Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world’” (John 18:37).
That’s about as plain as you can get. Jesus is a king. His jurisdiction is the entire universe. Right now he is ruling in the lives of those who have surrendered their wills to him. When people do that, their corner of the world is somehow transformed in ways big and small.
We in the Memphis Community of Faith are thankful to have a small part in serving Jesus’s kingdom, a kingdom that starts small like a grain of mustard seed but will one day extend its healing rule over the entire earth. That’s why we support the Gideon’s with their Bible distribution, send school supplies to underprivileged centers across this sprawling city, visit and encourage people down at the Union Mission and support the work of the Downs Foundation.
This is part of what we call “kingdom work.” We realize we are a small part of that mighty army called the Church of God at work all across this city of thousands of churches. Come and see us when we open again. So keep watching this space for future developments.
Why visit us? Because like the city, we are a church with a lot of history behind us yet small enough that each one of us can make a difference.