And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:22-23
How God does what God does is as important as what God does. The means and the ends of God’s work are never separated. This suggests two things. First, God will not use evil means to accomplish good purposes. Second, the means that uses to accomplish his work in the world will resemble the work that he is accomplishing. There is a continuity between how God works and the works that God does.
This weekend is the festival of Christ the King. It is not uncommon to see religious art where Jesus wears a crown that looks like it belongs to the Kings and Queens of England. This observance is a great reminder that through his resurrection and ascension Christ is crowned and enthroned as Lord and King. We must not forget, however, that Christ’s first crown is a crown of thorns. His kingship was not celebrated. It was mocked.
How God does what God does is as important as what God does. A question to consider: how does Christ’s first crown of thorns relate to the exalted crown he wears today?
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all
things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of
lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided
and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together
under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.