Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“AND IN HIM, ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER”

By Elizabeth Chesley-Jewell

This week a line from Saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians deeply resonated with me and helped me comprehend Christ’s kingship. Paul tells us, “Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. Christ is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

This statement clearly tells us that Jesus Christ is king. Not only is he king, he is an exceptional king due to his divinity and humanity. These two attributes enable him to rule in a way that earthly monarchs and political leaders cannot. For through him, the Word of God, the entire universe was formed. Yet, he would come to actively share in creation as a human, as one born to poor parents, living his life as a nomad, and ultimately being put to death as a criminal. While Christ is before and above all things he actively participated in humanity, the joys and the immense pain. As king, he put his people first, dying for our sins. Having no money, no political power, or jewels he humbly gave his life for his people.

The gospel this week uses Christ’s crucifixion to further highlight his kingship. Though this may appear to be in contrast with the hopeful season of Advent we are about to enter, these words are exactly what we need to hear right now, especially considering the current political climate. The child we are preparing for will grow into a man who rules with unity, humility, compassion and justice. For even on the cross Christ tells the criminal hanging beside him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” For we are Christ’s people and our suffering is his suffering. Regardless of what we have done, regardless of our differences, Christ welcomes all who put their trust in him into his kingdom. He brings hope to his people, and that hope is something in which we need to cloak ourselves.

As believers in Christ may we use this season of Advent to actively work towards bringing about peace in our world through word, and thought, and deed. For every day we work for unity, Christ himself works through us, holding all things together, ruling the universe with love, compassion and hope.

Sunday’s Readings:
2 Samuel 5.1-3; Colossians 1.12-20;Luke 23.35-43