December 24 - 7:00 pm - Candlelight & Communion Worship
getting out the WORD - christ the king
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:38
the PRAYER... Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
the READING... Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here."
the DEVOTION... This past Sunday was... well... glorious! Angels falling prostrate! Spreading trophies! Ascribing majesty! It made for quite a morning! And at the heart of it all was Pilate's talk with Jesus. "Are you," he asks, "the king?" But when all was said and done, something didn't feel quite right, as if Jesus, that morning, wasn't quite Jesus. So, that afternoon, I took another look at the story...
This week's gospel ends with verse 37. Just five verses later, Jesus is beaten... and the soldiers weave a crown of thorns... and they put it on his head... and they dress him in a purple robe... and they fall at his feet and mock him. "Hail king!" That's how Jesus looks when Pilate brings him out, again, and shows him to the crowd. "Here's your king!" he says. And their response, "Crucify him!" But what Pilate meant as ridicule, god received as praise! What Pilate meant as derision, god took as respect!
It's not Christ the King that stands as the fulfillment of the church year. It's Good Friday! That's where - that's when - we, finally, see the kingdom in all its power, in all its glory! That's Christ the King, lifted up for all the world to see!