Sunday 20 November 2022

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

2 Samuel 5:1-3. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord – Psalm 121(122):1-5. Colossians 1:12-20. Luke 23:35-43.

This is the King of the Jews

Stavros: What a horrible death you died, Jesus: naked, tortured, mocked by people and in the company of two bandits, the scum of the earth. How humiliating! What has that to do with kingship, though? If you are a ruler you need to command respect.

Jesus: Well, Stavros, look at the top of the cross. Pilate’s sign says I am a king. Meant to be mockery, of course, but true. My Father is our king, and my terrible death shows how much God loves us.

Stavros: That’s all very well, Jesus, and I know God saved us through your death. But kings and rulers nowadays must look powerful, not powerless and suffering.

Jesus: Are you so sure, Stavros? Don’t we long for leaders who share our hardships, are single minded in serving us and don’t give up on even the most desperate people? Wasn’t it a privilege and opportunity for me to die with bandits?

Stavros: I’ll have to think about that.

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