Saturday, November 21, 2015

Yes. Amen.

By Philip Russell

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen.  Revelation 1:5B-7

So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say 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.”  John 18:37

"The Lord is King, he is robed in majesty." Psalm 93:1

Jesus Christ, Our Lord, King of The Universe ... The Messiah crucified and now resurrected began God's age of salvation.   The Book of Revelation was written at a time in history when refusal to worship the Roman Emperor as divine, meant persecution and even death.  Back in the Passion Narrative we hear the crowds crying out, "We have no King but Caesar.  Crucify Him!"

We live in a nation and are a people that is not subject to authority of a king or queen. So sometimes it's hard to "wrap our heads around" the concept of any King.  In our human nature, all too often we are not inclined to look to Jesus as King.  Oh, it's easy to see him as friend, or even brother, but King...!!???

The essence of our Piety and our Study should, in fact bring us to the Action of…falling on our face in worship!  While we would never worship "the Emperor," can we fall to our face at the feet of Our Lord JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE?

Step back out of self, today, at yet another Liturgical year end and maybe today be "a kingdom, priests for HIS GOD and FATHER."

Can we declare, "YES AMEN"?


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