Weekly Message from the Pastor - Nov. 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

 

Dear Friends,

 

This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday. It the Sunday that ends the liturgical year, celebrating Jesus Christ as King. It is a fitting ending to the church’s year. We will reflect on the kind of king that we see in Jesus Christ. Jesus as King is different from the kings we learn about in history, or read about in fairy tales. Often those kings fought for power, required people to pay tribute to them, and often ruled over people with little regard for their well-being.

 

Jesus as King rules with grace, and pours himself out in sacrifice that we might have life and have it abundantly. Jesus wore his kingship under the mantle of servanthood. And rather than surround himself with the rich and powerful – his followers included fishermen, a tax collector, a zealot; which was someone who sought to stir up rebellion against the Romans. He hung out with the least, the lost, and the lowly. Jesus is a king who came to serve, rather than to be served.

 

And this Sunday also brings with it, a promise; that in the midst of a world filled with conflict, poverty, grave illnesses, natural disasters, and acts of inhumanity, these challenges do not have the last word. The last word is that the rule of Jesus as King will come to fruition; and when that happens, then the words from the book of Revelation will come to pass:

See, the home of God is among mortals.

He will dwell with them; they will be his people,

and God himself will be with them,

he will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more…..

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See I am making all things new.”

 

Yours in Christ,

Linda

 

PS. If you have not already done-so, please consider signing up for the 4-week Advent Study which begins on Wednesday, November 28th @ 7:00pm. This study, “Awaiting the Already,” invites us to look at the Christmas story through the lens of the different gospels. We will discover how looking at each gospel writer’s perspective helps us prepare our hearts for a fresh experience of Jesus Christ in our lives today. The cost of the book is $10.00, if you need a ride to the study, please let me know.