Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King Sunday is coming up next weekend. It marks the end of the liturgical year before we begin Advent. It is one of those feast days that grew up out of the assigned collect of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, a loose translation of the Roman Catholic Missal prayer by Capt. Thomas Galley.  

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We are not a monarchy in the United States, and we have formed our identity in opposition to the very concept of royal nobility. We even avoid titles most of the time because of this tendency. So, the idea of Christ as King can seem foreign.
Kings and queens rule their territories which includes three important areas of care: giving and living the law, setting the boundaries, and providing for their people and land. They must embody the law in their own words and actions; only then can they enforce the law. They must extend and defend the boundaries of their land and behaviors of their people by force or attraction or just plain influence. And they must provide for their people through management of trade, fertility of crops and people, and the giving of gifts and provision. 

Christ is our king. We let him rule us certainly because he has borne the law in his body in both his life and crucifixion and rebirth. “A new law I give to you.” We let Christ determine the boundaries of our behavior and our lives. There are things I don’t do because Christ is my king. And he provides for us.
The question for this week is “How do you let Christ rule in your life?”