Even in today’s era of constitutional monarchies, royalty look to project power. They seek to rise above political skirmishes and to stay above the fray. Their thrones and crowns remind us commoners that we do not live in their rarified world. Kings and queens strive to project a non-anxious, detached calm from whatever troubles might be assailing their subjects.
But not Christ the King.
Christ the King, whose reign we celebrate today, projects a completely different kind of power—a power that comes all the way down into the muck and mire of human life. Jesus Christ goes to the cross, entering completely into the troubles of his subjects. Jesus Christ reigns not as one avoiding human troubles, but as one who gave up all of the amazements of heaven in order to bring humanity abundant and eternal life.
Chip Hardwick, Director of Theology, Formation & Evangelism, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Let us pray
Most powerful creator and gracious God, be our guide. Inspire us to build unity and trust among your people. Teach us to live as you would have us live. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.