Journey with Our King

THE PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION  For the word of God is alive and active. We invite the Holy Spirit to penetrate our thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Let us pray….

O Jesus, You are the King of Glory, You are the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. And we pray that your Kingdom will reign forever in our hearts and in this world. We seek for your Kingdom to come here now in the reading and hearing of your Word. Open up a kingdom of justice, righteousness, hope, love, peace, mercy and grace for all. We ask that you rule in our hearts, lead in this world and govern over your kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

ENCOUNTERING SCRIPTURE                         Genesis 37:1-11          Joseph Dreams of Greatness

Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

He had another dream, and told it to his brothers, saying, “Look, I have had another dream: the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him, “What kind of dream is this that you have had? Shall we indeed come, I and your mother and your brothers, and bow to the ground before you?” So his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

May God bless our understanding of this Holy Word.

TIME WITH GOD’S CHILDREN# 714       “Shalom Chaverim”

SCRIPTURE                                                Revelation 1:4b-8                                          A Vision of Christ

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

THE SERMON           “Journey with the King”

Christ the King Sunday poses a challenge for American Christians. Our ancestors left the kings of England for freedom from the monarchy. They fought the Revolution aka. The Presbyterian Revolt to severe our ties with the last king of the colonies. Generations removed, we can’t completely grasp the power of the kings. Distant separates us from lands that still honor the throne of a king.

We may dream of being in control of our life and like Joseph’s dream that others would bow down and serve us. Although, we would bristle like Jacob’s other sons at the thought of bowing down to our young brother. We would prefer to be considered an equal not a servant of another. Only when one in authority looks out for our best interest do we appreciate the sense of power. Otherwise, we complain about he boss who promotes the sense of hierarchy where we hold no authority.

King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) promoted the divine right of kings. He believed that God ordained him and his descendants to rule over the people of Scotland and England deriving his political and religious authority directly from the will of God. The King therefore distanced himself from the will of his people. The king set himself up as the supreme authority on earth. This idea promoted by unjust kings to justify their reign of terror.

Hence, we equate most current kings with vicious dictators, even as many serve ceremonial heads of state and some truly are loved by their subjects. We don’t entirely comprehend the powers of a king, who demanded absolute obedience to the king’s rules. We do get a glimpse in the Old Testament with kings who executed authority over all the land and people. The kings would go to war to extend their authority to newly occupied land and its people.

We find it hard to understand complete devotion and single minded pursuit of a goal. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali carried out by people willing to die for a cause, does not make sense to us in our comfortable Christianity. We cannot image such complete commitment to a cause. We tend to pick and choose our level of commitment obligation to a goal.

So as we complete our liturgical year journey with a reference to Christ our King, we resist the notion of acquiescing all of our authority to any king (k). While Jesus calls us to obedience and devotion, we prefer the Prince of Peace, who seems gentler than an Almighty King. We relate to the Lord from our willingness to serve instead a full pledge of unconditional love and devotion.

We finish our yearly faith journey with the King of Kings. Jesus Christ remains the divine authority not only on earth but in heaven also. He does not demand our submission, but invites us to completely and unconditionally everything we have and everything we are to the service of our Lord. Jesus does not force us to comply but requests that as an act of our will, we devote our lives to bring glory to the God who created us. This becomes our act of submission and devotion. We commit to place all of our effort of every aspect of our life to serve our Risen Lord.

Our journey with the King, takes us through the year. We travel as faithful companions with our Lord. We pledge to serve the Lord with gladness with our whole being. We give thanks to Almighty God who walks with us each and every day. We come to the Table to receive spiritual food for our journey with Christ our King. TGBTG. Amen.

 

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