Official observance of “Christ the King” Sunday began in the life of the church only about 100 years ago as a formal protest and response to civil governments who attempted to declare themselves the ultimate authority in the lives of their subjects. This Sunday’s Gospel engages these very matters of kings, kingdoms, kingdom authority, and truth. At this point in the Gospel story, it appears that the civil and religious authorities have the upper hand and that their version of truth will prevail. Jesus has been accused of blasphemy and for this Jesus is arrested, interrogated by the Jewish High Priest, and is now before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Jesus is on trial for his very life. This is where we pick up the story as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday!
This Sunday churches all over the world offer bold proclamation that Jesus Christ Is Lord, a most fitting way to mark the last Sunday of the Christian calendar. The long season of growth we have been in since Pentecost emphasizes the teaching ministry of Jesus, especially his teaching on the Kingdom and Reign of God. Of course, the season of Advent begins the very next Sunday, and marks the beginning of a new Christian year. Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation for the coming of God in Christ, a season in the life of the church known to us as Christmas.
Truth. Kings. Kingdoms. Kingdom Authority. Being the Community of the King. Come this Sunday as the people of God gather to worship the King, to enjoy fellowship, and to encourage one another to live as the kingdom people we are.
Kingdom Blessings in Christ,