The True King
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
“Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.”
--Collect of the Day for this week
Without Christ, we live under the domain of darkness. This domain reveals itself in many ways. Sometimes the Church has lived under the dominion of oppressive governments. We always live under the rule of the natural forces of the world. We live under philosophies and ideas; some of which are better than other. We live under God’s Law. We constantly have to prove ourselves to these rulers, whether they be good rulers (moral laws) or bad rulers (Caesar).
Christ didn’t come to destroy these rulers. Instead, he came to rescue us from their domination. He transferred us out of their authority and into his glorious kingdom. Do governments and natural rules and philosophies and moral codes still exist? Yes, of course. Are they sometimes good and helpful? Certainly. Do we now live under their control, seeking to do their will so as to be acceptable to God? No, not at all.
The King is coming. He is not one of many kings. He is the sole King, the only legitimate ruler. In his great might he comes among us. He rescues us from the rule of self-justification and brings us under the grace of Christ.
Are we then free to act however we please? Can we ignore the kings of this world? No, we are called to do right, to live good and godly lives. But how we act is not longer the foundation of who we are. Our identity is not found in good or bad behavior. It is found in the triumph of Jesus on the cross.
When I do good, I belong to Jesus. When I sin, I belong to Jesus. When I disappoint someone, I still belong to Jesus. When they disappoint me, I still belong to Jesus. The King is coming, and has come. He is Lord of all whether we recognize him or not.