Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christ the King Sunday

...aka Sunday of the Fulfillment, chronologically equivalent but liturgically diametrical. The sermon was based on all of today's texts, Jeremiah 23:2-6, Colossians 1:13-20, and Luke 23:32-43.

We may consider three sequential questions when contemplating our proper mood about what comes next, i.e. after death.
  1. Is there really a "next"? The crucified criminal believed so - there is something after death. With Christ, there is surety of paradise. All the saved will be with Him.
  2. How do we get there from here? We have nothing to do with it; it's all God's work. We are in trouble - therefore He rescued us. We belong from birth to Satan and death - therefore He redeemed us "not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood." We are born God's enemies - therefore Christ reconciled us to God. We are sinful - therefore He is the LORD our Righteousness. Finally, He remembers us in His kingdom. This is what gets us to paradise. He dies that we may live.
  3. Am I personally going to heaven? Each person must ask this question. Jesus Christ is the answer.
Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom; into Your hands I commend my spirit.

Soli Deo gloria.

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