...Nov 24

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Readings for the Week

… November 24, 2018

Psalm 93Daniel 7:9-14Revelation 1:4b-8John 18:33-37

It only seems fitting that we end the entire Christian Year observance with a celebration of Christ enthroned, the Lord of all, the King in the Kingdom of God.

We culminate the year with the Feast of Christ the King. This day is not the only time during the year to celebrate Christ’s kingship. Ascension Day, celebrates Christ’s return to heaven and symbolizes the fact that Jesus Christ is Lord over all. Also, throughout the year, we hear passages read which celebrate Christ’s Lordship, headship, and kingship. We read Daniel’s vision of “one like the Son of Man, coming in the clouds” as another image of Christ elevated and enthroned. Not to mention that Christians have read the enthronement Psalms in the Old Testament as references to the coming king of Israel, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

But of course, Christ’s kingship is unlike any other. The image above reminds us of the kind of kingship Jesus embraces. Without coercion, absorbing the violence, and leading his Kingdom on his knees with a basin and a towel. While he reigns as king, he has never ceased being the suffering servant of Isaiah 53:

He was despised and rejected by others;
    a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities
    and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
    struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
    crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
    and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
    The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.

This is the collect for the Feast of Christ the King.

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.

Paul Hill