Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 18, 2020– Wednesday prior to Christ the King


1 Corinthians 15:20-28 - Paul depicts Jesus as the victor over the world with all things under Christ’s feet, including death. The King will conquer the world. God has put all things in subjection to Christ. On this Christ the King Sunday, we see Christ as the king over death. His resurrection was the first person to rise from death. Since He rose, the Christian dead will also rise. At the end of time, He will deliver His kingdom to God. All enemies, including death, will be defeated by King Jesus. Then the Son will subject himself to God the Father that God may be everything to everyone.

The Greeks out it this way: “IX, XC – MIKA,”  Jesus Christ Victor.” This monogram is often seen on altars, crosses, and cornerstones of a church. Christ is the Victor, and he goes from victory to victory. It is important that Christians realize that Christ is the conqueror and we in Christ share the victory. We are on the winning team. We are destined to win. This should fill us with good cheer and hope in the midst of discouraging circumstances.

Yes, Jesus goes from victory to victory. He conquers death. He destroys evil. He subjects all enemies to himself. Jesus reign begins with the Resurrection and he reigns through the church until he puts all enemies down. This will be your reality on the Last Great Day.  Yet Christ rules even today, and he uses you the church in his conflict with the world. This Christian life is a constant battle against forces. The question comes to mind: to what extent is the church today waging war against the forces of evil in the world? Ponder this thought today knowing that Christ as King rules on behalf of his church. [1]

For blessing on the Word – Lord God, bless Your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet Your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May Your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as You have promised, Your Word may achieve the purpose for which You send it;[2]

[1] Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series A by John Brokhoff © 1980 CSS Publishing, Lima OH

[2] Collect for the Blessing of the Word, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

Image of Christ the King copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

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