GodsBigBlog: What’s a King?

Fall blooming chrysanthemums. PHoto by Barbara Falconer NewhallBy Barbara Falconer Newhall

That the last Sunday of the liturgical year celebrates the Feast of Christ the King tells me that, when all is said and done, we Christians believe Jesus Christ reigns over all that is.

And that would include the Jews, Muslims and Buddhists who live alongside us. What then do I say about Christ’s kingship to my non-Christian friends? That God has “put all things under his feet” — them included? (Eph 1:21,22)

Matthew limns a powerful Christ the King, who sits on a throne of glory before all the nations. But when Christ sorts the people before him it is not by nationality or religious belief, but by how they treated God’s forgotten: the hungry, the sick, the stranger, the prisoner. (Matt 25:31-46)

“Truly I tell you,” he says. “Just as you did it to one of the least of these . . . you did it to me.”

That’s a king?

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