Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Christian year. We have journeyed through much of Matthew’s gospel over this last year and we arrive at this place that celebrates the kingship of Jesus.
It’s a glorious kind of Sunday! The liturgical colors for today are white and gold. The first lines of our scripture passage from Matthew lift up a vision of “the Son of Man” in glory, surrounded by “all the angels.” Matthew includes this magnificent vision of the “end time” but then takes what might feel like a sharp turn in the opposite direction. The king becomes a shepherd and the shepherd begins to talk about separating the goats from the sheep. And as we move deeper into this passage we realize that this king is anything but typical.
This king is not about the crown. This king is not about the power. This king is not about dominion. This king and this kingdom are marked by values that are altogether different.
Scripture passages: Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46
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