Responding to Christ as King
for sermon at St James’ Colwall, Christ the King + Baptism, 23rd November 2014
- What if the Queen were to walk in the door now, on an unannounced visit to Colwall? How would we behave?
Bow or curtsey? Sing the National Anthem? Panic if you’ve got an official position!
- What would we do if Jesus walking in the door now, on an unannounced visit to Colwall? (Apologies to those
for whom he really has walked in already, but many people aren’t able to see him really like that). We’ll come
back to this later, but how would we behave?
- Book of Common Prayer has prayer for Queen every Sunday which says that ‘knowing whose authority she has, we
may serve, honour and humbly obey her.’ This is a template for our behaviour to Christ the King, because the
Queen is his representative on earth.
- ‘Serve, honour and obey’ are at the root of worship and that is what we come to offer this morning and every
Sunday morning. Worship is our key response of love to Christ the King.
What kind of King is Christ?
- An unexpected one! Gospel clearly shows that he doesn’t behave like a celebrity and he’s not interested in
the trappings and the kind of response we’d expect to give to a King.
- So what does he expect? He doesn’t expect us to be clever, great, talented, winners of the X-Factor,
designers of a space ship or the one who finds a cure for cancer.
- He expects us to obey him by serving and honouring one another.
- And yes – Jesus really did come in here this morning. Look at the person next to you or the people behind or
in front. Look at each other. When Jesus came in as King, he came in each one of us.
- So you are a king, and so am I. We are part of a royal family because at baptism we become part of the
family of Christ the King.
- Perhaps you don’t feel good enough to be a king? Don’t worry. God doesn’t expect you to be the whole thing,
but he does trust you with a part, a unique and important part of what it is to be a royal family. And like
any family, we have to work together at being that family.
Being God’s royal family
- Yesterday our new bishop, Bishop Richard, was enthroned in a wonderful service in Hereford Cathedral.
- He spoke of all the expectations a new bishop has to face, but said that all the things like challenge,
duty, responsibility, leadership, all come from one simple thing – being a follower of Jesus.
- Jesus’ first followers were nothing special, any more than you or I are. They were fishermen, spending most
of their lives on the water. Which leads us neatly back to the water of baptism.
- Water in baptism is used as a symbol of the new life that God gives us. It’s not just an outward symbol but
a real and essential part of us. Just as our bodies are made up mostly of water, so we are made wholly of God
in every part of us and he is present in every moment of our lives.
- In baptism we become part of God’s royal family. He also becomes part of our family. Don’t forget to take
him home with you today!