Saturday, October 21, 2017

What is Christ the King Sunday?

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Christ the King Sunday (or "The Reign of Christ the King")! ‐ is the last Sunday after Pentecost and the last Sunday of the Christian year. It is also the Sunday just prior to our entering into the holy season of Advent.

Ephesians 1:15‐23, presents an image that one might naturally think of for this celebration. There, Christ is seen as seated at the right hand of the Father "in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come..." (NRSV).

In Matthew 25:31‐46, we see Christ in His glory with all of the angels. He is seated on His throne judging between the sheep and the goats.

But the Old Testament lesson, Ezekiel 34:11‐16, 20‐24, gives us another image. Oh, there is still a reference to the Davidic throne, but the over‐riding image is that of the Good Shepherd gathering, tending, caring for, and healing His sheep. ‐ Here we see Christ as the Shepherd/King.