This Sunday is called either Reign of Christ or Christ the King and it is the last Sunday in the Liturgical year. Next Sunday we begin a new Liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent.
I think it makes a lot of sense to end the church year with a Sunday devoted to the reign of Christ just to ensure that we think about and put in the work to figure out what it means. The sermon title this Sunday is, “What kind of reign is this?” because lots of people don’t see any evidence for it. If you are looking for evidence of Christ reigning as a typical geo-political ruler you aren’t going to find much. But if you are looking for that kind of evidence, well, you are looking for the wrong thing.
If we are waiting for Christ to “take over” and make everyone behave and all of that we are going to miss the clear evidence of what he is doing already. The reign of Christ is another one of those now and then kind of things; his reign is a present reality and will be even more so in the future. Does that seem confusing? If it does, I did my best to make it clear in both sermons, let me know if I didn’t accomplish that.
Knox Presbyterian What kind of reign is this?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian What kind of reign is this?
See you next year 🙂