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Christ the King

News St Martin – Talking Points

Sunday 24 November 2013

There was once a King to whom the whole world belonged.

The sea was his and he made it, his hands had moulded the dry land.  He had created all things, planted and brought forth life itself.  He had made human beings in his own image, female and male he had created them and given them the whole of creation to delight in, sustain, but also to care for and protect.  But as the King looked down on all he had created he was filled with deep sorrow and pain.  Humanity had forgotten him.  True, some used his name but often for their own devices and power.  Those who did remember his love often seemed mocked, powerless and vulnerable.  The King agonised over the division, the greed and the selfishness of the world.  They had taken all that belonged to him.  And yet he could not stop loving them.

What could the King do?  He sent messengers but no one seemed to be listening, they even responded to the messengers with hatred and violence.  He thought of intervening himself with a display of power, but he could not force them to love: the King knew that all true love was freely given and freely received; he knew more about love than anyone else because he was Love.

And so the King went himself.  He gave up his whole kingdom to come down and live among his people.  And he lived not as a King, but became a human being.  He was born naked in a cattle shed.  He came as a stranger.  He believed that if love was to be real it must be really lived and that it was even worth dying for.  And he did just that.  And did we respond to his love?  Did we learn to love him and all creation?  Did we recognise the King in the stranger?  That is the question Christ the King is still asking.

 Revd Richard Carter