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“Everyone who belongs to the truth listen to my voice. Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”
What is Truth?
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Sunday was Christ the King Sunday – a day of celebration in the church, marking the end of the church calendar and capping that year off with a reminder of who is King. And what a Gospel text to choose for this feast day.
Jesus speaking to Pilate (essentially the king of that Roman-ruled area at the time) and setting himself and his kingdom apart from the one he is standing in front of. It’s pretty intense.
“My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.” (John 18:36, MSG)
Jesus reminds us that the kind of kingdom that Pilate is leading is one filled with violence and hate. But Jesus said HIS kingdom is different.
He is not the world’s kind of king. So what kind of king IS Jesus?
That’s the question we have to ask as we go out into the world each day. Because that is the Kingdom we are also a part of.
Yes, we’re in the world. But we are also a part of the Kingdom of God.
God’s claimed us and called us his children at our baptisms showed us what it looks like to love us even when we choose the wrong king to follow.
Jesus is the king of love. And his kingdom looks like love.
Have you ever noticed how the stories of unfathomable forgiveness or unbelievable kindness in the face of fear or loss are the ones that impact us the most? That’s the Kingdom of God breaking in.
God’s kingdom looks different, but you’ll see it when it happens.
And you can make it happen too. We are called and claimed and loved, but we are also SENT. Sent into the world to bring God’s Kingdom of love to a world that is filled with anger and hate and fear and violence.
We’re sent into a dark world to be light.
Just as Christ was sent to be light for us.
Questions To Ponder
1. Who are the people in the world that you think are in need of light the most?
2. What things are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?
This week is Thanksgiving – and even though many of us will be sitting around tables filled with abundance, there are many in the world who do not have that luxury. Take time and be thankful for what you have been given – but then, as a family, look at your answers to question #2 above and think about how you can use your blessings to be light in the dark world.
Then go out and do it!