Jesus is King; and, we are not. A simple statement; yet, not easily engrafted into life. The original sin of Adam and Even was rebellion – to break the bonds of loving authority that God provided for them. We (especially us Americans) have this nasty anti-authoritarian strain that runs rather deep in us. As a child, when my middle daughter was grappling with the implications of faith in Christ, she once blurted out an honest cry that we all can resonate with: “I just don’t want another person in my life telling me what to do!” Indeed, Jesus is King; we are not.
The New Testament lesson for today is rich with the pre-eminence and lordship of Jesus Christ. By Jesus all things were created through him and for him. Everything in all creation is held together by Jesus. He is the head of the church. In Jesus complete divinity exists and reigns. Jesus made peace through the cross because he had the authority and the qualifications to do so. Broken relationships and proper lines of authority are now restored and redeemed in Christ.
We all can relate to indulging an illusion that we are in control and dictate the course of our lives. But Jesus is Sovereign, and this is a good thing. It is good because only in Christ can we find reconciliation and purity of life. A healthy practice for Christians is to kneel. I realize some Christian traditions do it as a part of their worship, and some do not. Yet, bowing, even prostrating oneself (if you are physically able!) can be a powerful symbol of the heart’s desire and disposition to submit to the lordship and authority of Jesus Christ. Crawling out of bed in the morning onto one’s knees and beginning the day looking to live into the will of God, and ending the day in the same manner, are a practical means of remembering who Jesus is and who we are.
Sovereign God, in your mercy you have sent your Son, the Lord Jesus, who has brought reconciliation to a once broken relationship. I bow before you in obedience, submission, and worship. Let me live a cross-shaped life through enjoying the peace you have given me in Christ. Amen.