This week, beloved reader is the last week in this Revised Common Lectionary year. Or to put it another way, after Thanksgiving we start a new lectionary year, and so this Sunday is the last Sunday before we start Advent. I don’t know about you, but this last few months have gone quickly, and it is hard to believe we are coming to the end of another lectionary year. Gone will be lectionary year C, and we will be starting on year A, which is actually the beginning of the cycle of the lectionary years.
This Sunday is the Reign of Christ Sunday, and special attention is given to the inauguration of the Christ’s reign which is actually the reign of God also. This is the God who sent Christ, as opposed to other understandings of God. Paul does well when he says of this God . . .
“ . . .that God will strengthen you with his own great power, so that you will be patient and not give up when troubles come. Then you will be happy and give thanks to the Father. He has made you able to have what he has promised to give all his holy people, who live in the light. God made us free from the power of darkness. And he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son. The Son paid the price to make us free. In him we have forgiveness of our sins.” (Colossians 1:11 – 14)
Of course, it is not exactly my place to commend or critique what Paul says about God (I have however critiqued what Paul says according to his own understanding!) What I meant in a truer sense is that Paul’s view of God and his theology concerning God is liken to my own.
“No one can see God, but the Son is exactly like God. He rules over everything that has been made.
Through his power all things were made: things in heaven and on earth, seen and not seen— all spiritual rulers, lords, powers, and authorities. Everything was made through him and for him.” (Verses 15 – 16)
Paul does, however have a “unique” way of phrasing things, and connecting ideas. It can be hard to follow and parse out. Basically, the God who sent Jesus sent an aspect of the God-self, and what Jesus was/is is what God was/is/will be. I don’t know is that easier to understand.
“The Son was there before anything was made. And all things continue because of him.
He is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning of everything else. And he is the first among all who will be raised from death. So in everything he is most important.” (Verses 17 – 18)
I am reminded (don’t ask me how/why beloved reader, just go with the metaphor) that the Spirit of God is perceived as breath or wind. It is everywhere, bringing life and going as it will. God has always been known that way, both in the Old Testament/Hebrew and the New Testament/Greek. That is why as a tenet of faith, one should accept that God is Christ and Christ is God.
“God was pleased for all of himself to live in the Son. And through him, God was happy to bring all things back to himself again— things on earth and things in heaven. God made peace by using the blood sacrifice of his Son on the cross.” (Verses 19 – 20)
The reign of Christ is then the reign of God – the God that was revealed through Jesus Christ and returned to being the Lord God who is over all things. Selah!