Sunday, November 24, 2013

Jeremiah 23:1–6; Colossians 1:11–20; Luke 23:33–43

On Christ the King Sunday it seems pastorally heavy to drag ourselves to the foot of the cross. On the other hand, maybe it’s exactly the right move.

Luke makes certain that we don’t miss the double death dealt in the moment when human power shows its worst side. Not only is Jesus executed; he is humiliated. The leaders scoff, the soldiers mock, a criminal derides. It’s as if the collective murdering machine is making sure to communicate that “we’re not killing Jesus because he’s powerful, we’re killing Jesus because he’s a Nothing who is pretending to be powerful.”

 

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