Friday, November 20, 2015

Jesus the King

Sunday, November 22 is Christ the King Sunday.
As that day approaches, I have been reflecting on the Three-fold office of Christ: Prophet, Priest, and King. This week's prayers will reflect on how Jesus is for us all three: Prophet, Priest, and King.

JOHN 18:33-37
Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?" Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
Lord Jesus,
You are King of Kings
and Lord of Lords!
You are enthroned among the heavens,
King over all creation.

Jesus, our King, you
govern us by your Word and Spirit.
You guard us and protect us
keeping us always in the freedom
you have won for us in victory over life and death.
You uphold justice in your righteousness.

And even now you are accomplishing
your kingdom come
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.

Of your kingdom, Lord Jesus,
there is no end.

Today, Lord Jesus,
I bow my knee
to serve you, my King,
the King of Peace,
the King of Righteousness,
the King of Grace,
the King of Reconciliation,
the Servant King.
To you, and you alone,
do I pledge allegiance.
You reign in power and grace
on the throne of my life.
Thanks be to God!

The Heidelberg Catechism 
Question 31: Why is he called "Christ," meaning "anointed"?
Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be
our chief prophet and teacher
who perfectly reveals to us
the secret counsel and will of God for our deliverance;
our only high priest
who has set us free by the one sacrifice of his body,
and who continually pleads our cause with the Father;
and our eternal king
who governs us by his Word and Spirit,
and who guards us and keeps us
in the freedom he has won for us.

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