What Kind of King?
by Pastor Jocelyn Carson | November 5, 2011
Dear Friends of Jesus,
On Sunday, November 20th we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday. That is also the day that we are all invited to bring our Time and Talent sheets and our Financial Commitment Cards to the Altar. it is a very good day for us to consider the kind of King whom we follow.
In the Psalms, God is often described as a mighty King who reigns over heaven and earth. The Psalmist is moved to praise the awesome God who is our Creator and our Judge. While it is good to be able to claim a God of power and strength, sometimes those are not the adjectives taht move us to faith and trust in a God who loves us.
In the Gospels, we come to know Jesus as a compassionate healer, as a teacher who welcomed the outcast, and as the one with the power to calm the seas and the wind for the sake of his friends int he boat. Jesus is the God who inspires our trust and Jesus promises us that in relationship with the Father, our faith will grow.
What kind of King do we follow? We follow the King who rode a humble donkey not a white stallion on Palm Sunday. We follow the King who on Maundy Thursday, tied a towel around his waist and washed the feet of his friends. We folloow the King who humbled himself to the death on the cross. but before those events, come the words of our King from Matthew 25:34-26 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'"
When we wonder when it was that we did all those things for Jesus, he tells us what he said to his disciples, "The King willr eply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"
We follow a King who taught us to love one another because God first loved us. We follow the Kign who conquered death and lives and rules eternally. In our following and in our loving, we "dof ro Jesus" what we "do for others." We do not get it right every time and we cannot do it all by ourselves. One of the reasons to be part of a community of faith is to share in both the celebrations and the work. As we gather to worship on November 20th we will give thanks for a King who loves us, forgives us, and has taught us to live like servant kings ourselves. Thanks be to God!