NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR THE REIGN OF CHRIST SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 21, 2021
This Sunday is “The Reign of Christ Sunday” or more commonly known as “Christ the King Sunday.” It is celebrated on the last Sunday of Kingdomtide.
This celebration of “The Reign of Christ” is meant to be the climax and conclusion of the Church’s liturgical journey through the life of Christ and the Gospel Message. Its purpose is to celebrate the coming reign of Christ as Sovereign of the Earth that will mark the fulness of the Kingdom of God.
In celebrating the new Christian Church year, this Sunday also provides an appropriate bridge to the new Church Year that begins the follow Sunday on the First Sunday of Advent with an emphasis on hope and expectation, the longing for the coming of the Kingdom of God amid the darkness of a sinful world.
It is also an opportunity to open ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit to reign in our lives as Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would do. Jesus promised in John 14 (selected verses), “I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you. … The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom God will send in My name, will teach you all things. … Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you.” This is the promise of Jesus to us who allows Christ to reign in our lives.
Jesus said in the assigned lectionary text, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. … But My Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36) It is a divine spiritual kingdom, that reigns by invitation, not force, in the lives of those who allow it.
We don’t know when Jesus will come to reign as Sovereign for all eternity. However, we can control when Jesus reigns as Christ in our lives.
Join us at Covenant for worship on this last Sunday of the “church” year, in-person, by Zoom or Facebook Livestream. My sermon will be “Let Christ Reign in Your Life,” based on “John 18:33-37.”