Christ the King

The liturgical year draws to an end in a glorious crowning in the celebration of the feast of Christ the King. Jesus is a King but not as we understand what it means to be King. Jesus the King appears without power or glory; his throne is the cross, his crown is made of thorns; he has no sceptre but a reed; he has no luxurious clothing, but rather is stripped of his tunic; he wears no ring, but rather his hands are pierced with nails. He has no treasures; he was sold for thirty piece of silver.

Jesus the King’s reign is not of this world; he has an army, not of soldiers but of legions of angels. He is the Servant King, and the grandeur of his kingdom is not in its power or influence or wealth but in its love, the love of God. He is the King of love and he reigns over the kingdom of love. His love forgives all things, hopes all things and sustains all things. His love overcomes sin, death and fear.

The Scritures testify that Jesus of Nazareth is the King not just of the Jews but of the universe, the cosmos, heaven and earth, and everything under the earth. The ancient hymn sung by our forefathers and now revered as sacred Scripture proclaims that at his name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is King and Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, the Saviour and the Creator, for by him all things were made. In him dwells the fullness of the deity, and by his cross he has saved, redeemed and reconciled us to God the Father. Jesus of Nazareth is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of his being. Queen Elizabeth II describes herself as the servant Queen of the King she serves, her King and Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ Jesus, I acknowledge you as King of the universe. All that has been created has been made for you. I renew the promises I made in baptism, when I renounced Satan and all his empty promises, pomp and works, and I dedicate my life to serving the Servant King in establishing the kingdom of God.

(taken from Bible alive for the feast of Christ the King 22 November 2020 www.alivepublishing.co.uk)

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