Wednesday Words – Christ the King
November 18, 2020
Pr. Paul Cannon
40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’
- Matthew 25:40
This Sunday is a special day! It’s everybody’s favorite church festival: Christ the King Sunday! Okay … maybe it’s not your favorite church holiday. Christmas and Easter probably take the cake, and maybe you like the pageantry of Reformation Sunday or the reflectiveness of All Saints better.
But Christ the King does have special importance in the church year. To begin with, it falls on the last Sunday of the church calendar (that means the following week is Advent … that snuck up on us fast). And as the final Sunday, it’s a time for us to reflect on the life of Christ – a life lived in service to the poor, the outcast and the needy.
So it’s fitting, that this is also a day we remember “the least of these” because that’s the kind of King Jesus is.
Jesus is not the kind of King the world was (or is) used to. In fact, Jesus is the opposite of all the expectations that the world has for kings and rulers.
Rulers are favored because of their power, wealth and connections. They rule with the sword. They rule with fear. Contrast that with Jesus – a poor, powerless carpenter who ruled with love, associated himself with the bottom dregs of society and ultimately died by the sword (though not conquered by it).
We are reminded that this king will judge us by how we treat the hungry, the poor, the stranger, and the imprisoned. And so Christ the King is a day to remember the kind of King we follow, and how he turns our notion of rule upside down, calling us to live our lives in service to the least of these.