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Christ the King Sunday

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Texts & Discussions:

2 Samuel 23:1-7 and
Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18) or
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37



Christ the King
A. Campbell Frazier, England, 20th Century

Almighty God, who gave your Son Jesus Christ a realm,
where all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him;
make us loyal followers of our living Lord,
that we may always hear his word
follow his teachings, and live in his Spirit;
And hasten the day when every knee shall bow
and every tongue confess that he is Lord
to your eternal glory. Amen.


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Christ-the-King Sunday

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Sermon Excerpt

What is a King?
based on John 18:33-37
Rev. Karen A. Goltz

            “Are you the King of the Jews?”  What a loaded question!  On the one hand, it would be ludicrous for this simple Jewish peasant, son of a carpenter and citizen of a conquered people, to answer yes.  On the other hand, as Son of the Living God, how could he answer yes when doing so would suggest that he is king only of the Jews?  It’s not in our lectionary reading today, but Pilate ends this exchange by asking Jesus, “What is truth?”  I think a better question to ask is, “What is a king?”

            Pilate had much the same problem that we do.  To him, like us, ‘king’ was a political term, used to identify the person in charge, the one with all the power.  The king was the one who made the laws and saw to it that they were enforced.  He kept the peace within the borders of his kingdom, and he protected those borders from external threats.  Sometimes he also had to protect himself from internal threats.  Particularly in Jesus’ day, the king of Ancient Rome, Caesar, was believed to be the Son of God himself, though not the god of Jewish worship and understanding, and any challenge to Caesar’s authority was a challenge not only to Caesar’s person, but a challenge to the divine order of the world.

            As governor of Judea and an agent of Rome, it was Pilate’s job to help neutralize any threat to Caesar.  This is why he begins questioning Jesus as he does; the chief priests had denied that their problem with Jesus was an internal matter of religious doctrine, as Pilate suspected, and rather suggested that Jesus was indeed a political threat to Rome.....Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript



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