Christ the King sermon in which we consider what kind of
model Jesus gives us for being a leader/ruler/king. Rather than
following Christ the Crucified Messiah, we often sneak back into
worshiping King Arthur on the Cross, which is not the same thing. Along
the way we look at how that shapes both our understanding of family
roles and worldly leadership and one of the reasons of why men left the
church in droves in the West.
teachings about relationships and leading and the rule of God helps to
makes sense of the "Why?" of the cross. His teachings are consistent
with what he says and embodies about God the Father. If God is loving
and compassionate and forgiving, Jesus is, and he expects us to be as
well. Unfortunately, that demands a lot of work, internal work mostly,
from all of us.
We human beings like to be captain
of our own ship. But if we are to be truly free, we must be free of our
own reign and submit to God's gracious reign of love and service. It
is hard to embrace that shift. Our images really get in the way. That
and my ego.
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.
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those
who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their
great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among
you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and
whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son
of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a
ransom for many.