“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered,
“You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
What a sight: the King of the World stands before a wicked governor of a province in the Roman Empire. Look at the contrasts: Jesus’ cloak is soaked and stained with blood; his head streams with fresh blood that flows down his face. And Pilate…arrogant, proud, yet underneath, afraid of the Jewish crowd outside.
Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday in God’s year of grace. Before you is your King who silently endures the immensity and pain for you and me so that we could be free of the effects of evil and meanness in our lives. Jesus wears the kingly color of crimson…and even a crown, for it’s true: underneath all this pain and blood is the holy Son of God, the King of the World.
Is Jesus king of your world?As you move about your days and talk and have fun with your friends—listen to music and respond to the love in your family—this world of yours…Do you let Jesus be the king of your world?In his suffering and death, he was in charge, though Pilate and others didn’t know it. Do you know that he is in charge of your world?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You, the Way, the Truth and Life John 14:6
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the last of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…