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Then Jesus said “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” —Luke 23:34
A Cross Not to Love
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There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
On Christ The King Sunday we are reminded that the Jesus we’ve been seeking has come looking for us, to tell us something about that broken cross and about ourselves and about power in this world… and about the kind of King he insists on being.
•A king who stoops to wash the feet of his followers.
•A king that does not move among the royalty but among the “least of these.”
This king’s power is not like any other kind of power in the world. In this king’s realm, power is turned on its head. In this kingdom, the first are last, and the last are first. In this kingdom, peacemakers are named children of God and the meek inherit the earth.
There are several voices heard in the gospel for Christ the King. Leaders are scoffing, soldiers are mocking, a criminal is deriding. But Jesus speaks only twice, at the beginning to ask for forgiveness for those who are crucifying him, and at the end to promise paradise to a condemned criminal.
When we look for power, will we see the shape of the cross?
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. Who comes to mind when you think of powerful people? Do you personally know any of these people? Why do you consider them to be powerful?
2. How should the church use the power it has in the world?
Where do you notice the influence of power at work in the lives of people? How does the power you perceive in others affect your life? How may you use your own powers to serve someone in need? You have the power to pray, to give, to serve, to act with kindness. As a baptized child of God, you have the power to share the love of Christ.
See you in church!