“Christ the King” is the focus of the last Sunday before Advent. The readings set for the day help us think what kind of a king Jesus the Christ is.
The prophet Jeremiah promises “A king who will reign wisely and do what is just and right.”
The reading from Colossians chapter one offers a bigger and fuller picture of Jesus as Christ the King. His story starts before the creation of the universe. He is supreme over everything and holds all things together. Through his death on the cross, Jesus has brought us forgiveness and our relationship with God is restored. He has rescued us from darkness and brought us into his kingdom.
In doing this, Christ has broken down the walls that divide us from each other. We serve a king who trumps every human authority. We all belong in one human family, with one God and Father of us all. God’s kingdom is for all peoples and nations. Heaven is multi-ethnic. And we Christians are called to live that reality now and not retreat into narrow nationalism or only relate to “people like us”.
The end of any story is crucial. Only then do you see the whole story. I know someone who checks the last pages of any book before she will read the story. To check it has a happy ending! Once she knows that, she can engage confidently with the twists and turns and joys and pains of the story.
In Advent we are reminded of the end of the story: Jesus is coming again to establish his eternal kingdom of justice and peace. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus because of ‘what happens next’: his life, death and resurrection. Jesus’ earthly life is at the heart of a much bigger story that began before the world was created, and will continue until he returns.
In the light of the ending to the story, we have the confidence to engage with all the twists and turns and joys and pains of this present age. We are people of hope, celebrating the light, nurturing the light and shining as lights to the glory of God the Father.
And best of all, we are not alone. God has come. He is with us. It’s a great story. A story to base your life upon.
Have a wonderful Christmas!