Christ the King
On this Christ the King weekend, the church pauses for a moment to celebrateJesus’ Kingdom. Each week during worship, we celebrate the victory Christ has over death and the gift of everlasting life, but on this weekend, we have the opportunity to dwell in what exactly Christ’s kingdom is and what it means that Jesus is King. Jesus earned his kingship by first becoming a servant of all. “If you want to become great,” he taught his disciples, “you must first become a servant.” Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, washed his disciples’ feet, fed the hungry, took pity on those who suffered, ate with sinners, forgave sins, spoke out against injustice, challenged the status quo, welcomed the social outcasts, and took on the mantle of poverty and obscurity. Although he existed in the form of God, Jesus did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped but became human and lived among those deemed unworthy and marginalized by society. Our king is no ordinary king. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. God has put all things under subjection to Christ who is under God so that God may be all in all. As part of his kingdom, Jesus has a simple command for us - to love one another as we have been loved. Through these next weeks, as we prepare to celebrate God’s gift to us at Christmas, I wonder how God is calling us to be the hands and feet of our King as we live out his command through our acts of love and service to all of God’s creation.
Together in Christ,