Sermon given November 26, 2017
Today, the last Sunday after Pentecost, and so the last Sunday before Advent begins, is known as “Christ the King.” I suppose that you can say that as the last Sunday of the Church year, it also represents the culmination, the end goal, the realization of the Kingdom of God. That is why we have so many parable about the Kingdom for the last few weeks, and why you can plausibly interpret many of them as being about the end times. I don’t necessarily think that it is best to limit our interpretation of these readings to something that predicts the future…we should have a broader notion of what Jesus is saying to us: a description that says to us what the point of all this is, where we are going, but also why we are going there, and what the first principles of following Jesus really are.
This Sunday, called “Christ the King” also isn’t just about glorifying Jesus. Yes, it says that Jesus is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” but that isn’t just something we say to say how great he is. It’s the nature of his kingship and lordship that is the question. It’s about why what it represents is what we should consider true greatness. But even more than that, it challenges us to consider what our response to that greatness ought to be, and what it means to be Jesus’ disciples.