Thinking that you might need an interruption from leftovers, shopping, football, and/or guests, here’s a third post for the week.
This Sunday is the end of the Church Year. We’ve worked our way from Advent through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Kingdomtide, and are at the culmination: Christ the King Sunday. The whole year builds toward this because his reign is forever. Jesus’ infancy didn’t last long, nor did his earthly life, for that matter. In his resurrection and ascension he assumed to his heavenly throne, which is his for all time. Whatever else would seek our devotion and to reign in our lives, whatever else would attempt to have dominion in this world, it is Christ who reigns above all.
We will celebrate Christ as King this Sunday, then start the year-long build-up all over the next Sunday with Advent.
Here’s how you can prepare for this Sunday: Read John 18:33-38a and consider the different understandings of “king” going on in Jesus’ and Pilate’s conversation. What does each mean by “king?” Knowing that shepherd was a metaphor for king, how do Ezekiel 34 and John 10:1-18 bring new insight to the conversation?
Here’s a way to prepare for Advent: join in the Advent Workshop this Sunday at 10 a.m. in Spears. There will be crafts to work on that will add depth to your Advent season. Bring your Advent Wreath form if you have one.
And, here’s a way to celebrate that Christ is King today, Sunday, next year, and forever: renew your commitment to serve him as the premier king of your life and ask him to shepherd you into that.