Grace and peace to you from the one who is and was and is coming, and from the seven spirits that are before God’s throne, and from Jesus Christ—the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To the one who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, who made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and always. Amen.
Look, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. This is so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and was and is coming, the Almighty.”
What's that you say? The end of the year is more than just two weeks away - that can't be right! Well, no, when we are talking about the calendar, we still have about 6 weeks until we begin a new year, 2015. However, within the church, we begin the celebration of a new church year during Advent, November 30. That also means that on our last Sunday of "Ordinary Time" within the church calendar, that we recognize The Reign of Christ Sunday, THIS Sunday, November 16!
Reign of Christ ends our marking of Ordinary Time, worship following Pentecost, and moves us to the threshold of Advent, the season of hope for Christ’s coming, both as a babe, and again at the end of time.
The day centers on the crucified and risen Christ, who God exalted to reign over the whole universe. The celebration of the lordship of Christ takes us back to look at the ways that Christ rules in our lives both in seasons of life, and in seasons of the church year.
Christ reigns supreme in all parts of our lives. As the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, Christ is the center of the universe, the ruler of all history. In Christ all things began, and in Christ all things will be fulfilled. As ruler, Christ calls us to a loyalty that transcends every earthly claim on the human heart. Christ calls us to stand with those who in every age, and in every season, confessed, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”
How does Christ reign supreme in your life? Join us on Sunday as we ponder the ways that Christ rules in our lives, and the ways that we can more fully seek Christ's sovereignty in our lives.