Today is the last day of the Church Year, Christ the King Sunday. The Church Year begins with readings which anticipate the coming of Jesus, and it ends with the proclamation that Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords! To Him shall all knees bow, and all tongues confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father! Thanks be to God!
Daniel 7:9-14: The First Reading is a vision of heaven! And what a glorious sight Daniel saw. Read the passage and imagine in your mind what Daniel describes. Awesome!
As you read, notice also the presentation of the One Who will come and rule over all with an everlasting kingdom. This One is Jesus the Christ! In His grace, the Lord revealed to Daniel that He would send the greatest king of all. We know this One to be Jesus. Let us always be His disciples, following Him as Lord and Savior.
Holy and awesome God, we give You thanks and praise for Your glory and majesty revealed to Daniel. And we give You thanks and praise for fulfilling Your promise to send the One Whose kingdom will last forever. We give You thanks and praise that You have called us into the glorious and gentle rule of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Enable us always to follow as His servants. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Psalm 93: This is a psalm praise, giving glory to the Lord for His rule and majesty over all, even over the roaring and chaos of the sea. Let us join in this song of praise and trust the words of the Lord.
Almighty God, ruler of all, to You we give all honor, glory, thanks and praise! We thank and praise You that no power, not even death, is greater than You. We thank and praise You that You reveal Yourself to us in the words of Scripture. Keep us faithful to You as You are faithful to us. We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Revelation 1:4-8: Notice the glorious words spoken about the heavenly Father and of Jesus: He is, was, and is to come – He is in the present with us, in the past, and already in the future, He is the beginning and the end, He is almighty. Notice that Jesus is the firstborn of the dead, and His resurrection gives Him the power and authority to rule over all, even sin, death, and the devil. Notice also the reason Jesus died and rose again – to free us from our sins by His blood, to make us a kingdom and priests to serve God.
These verses draw our eyes away from ourselves and place them firmly on the heavenly Father, the Spirit, and on Jesus. Let us always keep our eyes on the Lord, seeing with faith Who He is and what He has done to redeem us.
Holy God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — keep our eyes fixed on You, on Your glory and majesty, and on the redemption You have accomplished through Your shed blood on the cross. Continually remind us that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever, and the we can trust You now and into eternity. Enable us to rejoice that we are part of Your kingdom, and enable us to serve You. In Your holy Name we pray. Amen.
John 18:33-37: The Gospel occurs during the trial of Jesus before Pilate. The trial continues, but what happens is that suddenly it is not longer Jesus Who is on trial, but rather Pilate, and us, ending with Pilate crying out, “What is truth?” Truth, Pilate, is Jesus and Jesus alone.
Let us allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts so that we will grow in Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life, the only way to the heavenly Father. There are many claims of truth in our world, but only Jesus is the ultimate truth. In fact, the Gospel of John so centers truth in Jesus that the evangelist tells us that grace and truth have their origin, their genesis, in Jesus. Let us listen to Jesus.
Holy Jesus, as You know, there are so many claims to truth in our world, so many calls for us to listen to them and to turn away from You. By the power of Your Holy Spirit keep us looking and listening to You alone, knowing that You alone are the way, the truth, and the life, the only way to the Father. As the truth incarnate, we pray in Your holy Name – Jesus. Amen.