This week, we come to the conclusion of the liturgical year, as Advent begins next week and starts the cycle again. We focus at this time on Christ as risen, reigning Lord, ascended and seated at God's right hand, in control and at rest in his real, but not yet fully realized, rule over all things.
The interesting juxtaposition in our readings for this Sunday is the parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matt. 25:31-46), which does focus on Jesus' return as King. Yet the seemingly paradoxical nature of his reign is made clear when he, the glorious King, identifies with "the least of these" - the hungry, the prisoner, the poor. As we enter a season that is currently crafted to create in us a dizzying sense of desire for more stuff, more things, more, more, more - let us meditate on this simple fact: Christ the King commands us to serve and honor him by serving and loving those who have the least, and who need the most. We won't find Jesus in stores and sales, but in the eyes and hearts of the hungry and thirsty. In doing so, we will recognize our own hunger and need for the only King who can satisfy our every desire - Christ our Lord.
A new song we'll sing that captures this theme beautifully is "Humble King" by Brenton Brown:
We'll sing another newer song, focusing on the 1 Corinthians 15 reading, called "Christ is Risen" by Matt Maher:
I look forward to worshiping King Jesus with you this Sunday!