112016 – Disciples Give Their Allegiance to God

In whom do we place our trust? In governments, political parties, economic theories, or even social justice movements? On the contrary, the church is called to be faithful to God, to pledge our allegiance to Jesus the Christ. On the Reign of Christ the King Sunday we hold two passages of Scripture in tension with one another: the hymn to the Cosmic Christ found in the letter to the Colossians, “Christ is the image of the invisible God….For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (Colossians 1:15a, 19) and the heart-wrenching scene of Jesus on the cross between two thieves (Luke 23:33-43). It is in these two revelations of Christ the church is called to live. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, trusting that in the life, death and resurrection of Christ we find the fullness of God, what does that mean for the living of these days?

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