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Monday, November 15, 2010

Riesel Rustler Article for 11.18.10

We’ve come now to the last week before the Advent season. That means that there are only a few weeks to complete your Christmas shopping, and less time than that to plan your holiday parties. Here at the doorstep of the new church year we celebrate the Lordship of Christ in our songs and sermons. This is the perfect time to consider just how we “live and move and have our being” in Christ.
It’s hard to talk of Jesus Christ as the King in our democratic system; our very roots are defined by rebellion against a foreign king in England. Singing songs about Jesus Christ being King of Kings and Lord of Lords is easy, but actually living with Him as King and Lord is something else entirely.
Jesus is not the president. He is not the governor, nor is he like any earthly king to which we might compare him. To celebrate Jesus as the Lord means to honor him in a personal and intimate way that is completely alien to our relationships to our political leaders. Jesus Christ is indeed King, even if that means little to us in the 21st century. Our Lord is the one on whom our spirit’s rest; he is the one whose Word informs our decisions and personal tastes. Jesus is the type of king who is owed our allegiance and honor not because of the army supporting him or because of his wealth and lands. Rather, we owe Jesus our heart-felt allegiance because of his victory over death, the great enemy of us all.
We’re about to enter into the season of shepherds, angels, and Jesus’ miraculous birth; before we make him out to be too soft and tender, let’s remember him as King and Lord of all creation.
Join us this week for worship at 11:00am as we celebrate Christ Jesus as King!

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