Prepare two large signs, one saying ‘Heaven’ and the other ‘Earth’.
Gather together some props that reflect the rule of earthly monarchs and/or Jesus’ kingship – for example: a crown, a sceptre, a cloak, sandals, a book of wisdom, a sheep, a lion, a donkey, a horse, a sword, two pieces of wood, a bowl of water, white gloves.
Place two chairs at the front of the worship space, and place each sign on a chair. Put the props where they can easily be seen.
Explain that today we are thinking about what makes a good king, and the difference between Jesus’ heavenly kingship and that of kings or queens on earth. Invite volunteers, one at a time, to choose an item from the props and to decide which throne it should be placed on – Heaven or Earth. Ask everyone: Is that right?
There are no right or wrong answers, so encourage different opinions and discussions. What difference can Christ’s heavenly rule make in our world?