Revised Common Lectionary: Reign of Christ

RevGalBlogPals | 11/19/2019 | Staff
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Soon, we will be in the season of Advent, where we prepare for the coming of Christ as a baby on Christmas. The readings during Advent remind us of the end of days, which will usher in the reign of Christ. The purpose of Advent is to prepare us both for the coming of Christ on Christmas, and for the second coming at the last day.

Before we can get to Advent, we have one more Sunday to wrap up the church year. Reign of Christ Sunday (or Christ the King) is a day to remember just what kind of realm Christ will usher in when the time comes. I far prefer the name “Reign of Christ,” as the idea of kingship is completely unrelatable for most modern audiences. Very few of us have experiences with monarchs who are anything other than a figurehead. So, if we are to celebrate the Reign of Christ, then our task as preachers is to make the imagery understandable for our congregation. As we ready ourselves for the arrival of Christ, what kind of preparations should we be making? What kind of ruler can we expect to meet?

Common - Lectionary - Gospel - Luke - Story

The Revised Common Lectionary Gospel from Luke 23 relays the story of the crucifixion. If Jesus is meant to be a king in this passage, he is also perceived as a criminal, and is executed as one. His kingship is epitomized when he offers grace to one of the criminals hanging next to him. Christ is a gracious king. But what about the other criminal? Is Jesus the kind of king who expects people to come to him asking for help before he grants...
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