Spoiler Alert

Readings for November 25, 2018

Solemnity of Christ the King
Daniel 7:13-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33B-37

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According to his father, when my son-in-law was young, the priest at church said the phrase “when Jesus died” in his homily. These words were an apparent surprise to my son-in-law, who shouted out in dismay, “Jesus DIED?!”

This week’s readings provide another spoiler alert: Jesus is crowned King. And much like my son-in-law, the unveiling of Jesus’ birthright led many around him to exclaim in dismay, “Jesus is KING?!”  In fact, Jesus heard everything from “what child is this?” to “what authority do you have?” to “are you the king of the Jews?” Yet all of these questions are answered in Daniel’s prophecy and affirmed in the Book of Revelation. “The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and Kingship … His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his Kingship shall not be destroyed.”

Jesus is King, but unlike most kings his focus is on me, not on himself. He wants me to join him in the heavenly kingdom. Jesus accepts his own sacrifice for my redemption. I hear his voice if I “belong to the truth.” In this sacrificial salvation, I am an adopted son of God, destined to join my savior in the Kingdom (Ephesians 1:5-10). As such, I am part of God’s royal family. I am to follow Christ’s example, rejecting any celebrity that may come from my royalty and, instead, living in love of those around me, reflecting the love of my Creator and Savior.

My life on earth is my preparation for my admittance into the everlasting Kingdom of God, the God who is “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” I, too, can be part of a Kingdom that will never be destroyed by choosing (yes, God gives me the choice) to believe in the power of God’s sacrifice of His only begotten Son. I choose truth. I choose life. I choose what cannot be destroyed.

My Lord God, your Kingdom has always been and will forever be. You have chosen me so that I can choose to believe in Your Son, my savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the power of the Holy Spirit in my life, to guide me toward the truth. Am I am grateful for you putting Jesus on the everlasting throne to rule Your Kingdom forever. Amen

5 thoughts on “Spoiler Alert

  1. As usual, I love it! Also, God is awesome in getting the message out. I am working on a post that has the words “spoiler alert” in it. I love how God is trying to get out a specific message and taps more than one of us on the shoulder to blog it! Thanks for being obedient brother!

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