Why "Christ the King"?
Why is our church called "Christ the King"? To answer that question, we need to tell a story. It's a true story, but a story nonetheless, with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
You see, the beginning of our world came when God created the universe and called it "good." There was peace between God and humanity and the rest of the world. God gave humanity the job to rule over all of creation.
Tragically, the first people, Adam and Eve, rebelled against God and ruined the harmony on earth. Ever since then, all people are born as rebels without peace with God, without peace with each other, and without peace with the world.
However, God did not give up on his good creation. By his grace, he began a plan to restore peace to the earth. God guided a small nation, Israel, to be his display of goodness for all the other nations to see and worship him. He gave Israel his laws and blessed them.
But despite God's great kindness, the people of Israel also rebelled. God kept loving them, disciplining them, rescuing them, saving them, and punishing them, but they would not be loyal.
Things looked bad. Very bad.
Then, one man of Israel came along. He was miraculously born from a virgin woman. He taught of God's laws like no other man. He healed the sick, the blind, the deaf, the paralyzed. He challenged the powerful. He loved the poor, the rich, the widows, the soldiers, the outcasts, and the children. He spoke of a coming judgment and a coming Kingdom. His name was Jesus.
The people of Israel were waiting for the Christ, the Messiah, the ruler who would come and restore God's peace on the world. In Jesus' day, people wondered: Is Jesus the Christ?
The religious and political rulers of that time didn't like Jesus' threat to their way of life. So they had him killed on a cross. They thought they got rid of him.
But, Jesus rose from the dead! Many people spent time with him after he rose as he was teaching, eating with, and forgiving his followers. By dying and rising again, Jesus demonstrated that he was God, the King and Christ who is stronger than death, rebellion, and evil!
He then left the earth so that his Spirit would continue God's work to restore peace on earth through people loyal to Jesus, through the Church, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community of faith united in Christ and marked by suffering and love.
We who follow Jesus today know he is Christ the King, who defeats sin in our lives by giving us faith and forgiveness, who restores peace in the world by overcoming evil, and who leads his people into true worship of God. In this world, we experience a true but incomplete peace in Jesus; in the end, we will enjoy the fullness of God’s Kingdom along with those who have ever trusted in Christ the King.