November 23, 2014
Matthew 25:31-46
Ephesians 1:15-23
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100


Our responsibility to the world
Christ the King Sunday

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Sandra Herrmann
The passages for the feast of Christ the King sum up the responsibilities of the people of God to ourselves, our nation, and our world. They begin in the book of Ezekiel where God accuses the leadership of Israel, who have been dragged from their homeland into the exile in Babylon, of deserving what they have gotten through their own fault. They were the people whose responsibility it was to keep the nation on the path that God had laid out for them, but they had failed miserably. They had fed off the people they were supposed to lead and protect, caring only for themselves at the expense of the ordinary people.

If that sounds familiar, we need to take care in our preparation to preach these passages, because the epistle lesson tells us that we have the power to transform the world simply because we are the children of God. God gives his children his own power, through the gift of the Spirit of Wisdom, so that we can do the very things Jesus did in his life on earth. In fact, we have more power than that because we have the power that God showed in resurrecting Jesus at our disposal.

Finally, we are presented again with the last judgment scene where Jesus speaks to those on his left and his right, telling them that what they did in life determines where they will be in death. Are we going to use what we have to transform the world? Or will we look past the problems that surround us so that we can feel safe, secure, and comforted by our things rather than the Spirit?...

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