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“All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats…” Matthew 25:32
A King and a Kingdom
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This past Sunday was an often overlooked holy day in the church – Christ the King Sunday.
It’s not as easy to celebrate as Christmas or Easter or even Pentecost, but boy do we need this one just as much as those!
It’s easy, in this day and age and culture, to forget who is on the throne.
To forget just who is king.
So we need a day to remind us that Christ is King and it means something.
This holy day is a reminder of the subversive, counter-cultural, and offensive message of the kingdom of God.
And the Gospel text that is chosen for this day reminds us not only that Jesus is the one on the throne but that the kingdom of God looks a certain way.
It looks like serving and caring for others.
Not because it gets you a gold star but because God has blessed you and saved you and loved you and so your only response is to go and serve and bless and care for and love others in return.
What a kingdom to be a part of!
And here’s the thing – we gathered around the baptismal font to hear this blessing given in real time. To hear and see God welcome FOUR kids into the kingdom of God and into the promises we share.
We need the reminder of who is in charge. Of who is on the throne.
And we get to be a part of this kingdom here on earth.
So who’s with me?
Questions for Discussion:
2. What are some ways you ignore or pass by those in need? Why?
3. What are some concrete things you can do to share your blessing with those who need it most?
God calls those who are a part of the kingdom “Blessed” and that is exactly what we hear in our baptisms as well.
We are blessed. We are children of God. We are a part of the kingdom. But we get distracted and busy,
especially this time of year, how can you make sure you take time to serve those in need?