Jesus Christ is King, the Lord of My Life: Slogan or Fact?

Jesus Christ is King.

That is the summation of our faith. The cross, which absorbs many people, including me, is a stepping stone to the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of His Father.

Jesus is Lord of our lives. This usage comes from the days when one’s Lord was also his or her master; the ruling agent in a person’s life to whom fealty was sworn. By saying that Jesus is Lord, people put Him above earthly rulers, saying, in effect, that they were, as St Thomas More put it, “the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”

That understanding of what it really means when we say that Jesus is Lord of our lives has become watered down into a slogan. Given the serious times ahead for Christians, I think it is appropriate to go back to that original meaning and begin using it as a literal expression of fealty once again.

Christianity is always, everywhere, a counter-cultural force. No true Christian can live as God’s good servant, but the king’s first. We must always in everything put Jesus first. If we do that, it will pit us against the world, true. But it will also enable us to become the instruments of His change by which He converts the world.

Before we preach or teach it, we’ve got to start living it. Every day. In every way. Not for others or for the effect we will have on our society. Not even for ourselves. We must do it for Him.

That’s what it means that Christ is King, at least for us in this life. Of course, it has another, eternal meaning as well. Christ is not King of this world. He does not reign here except as He reigns in each of us and our lives.

Jesus Christ is King of all life, everywhere, and all eternity. His Kingdom is the Kingdom of Heaven. We are His subjects in that Kingdom and his representatives of that Kingdom as we live in the here and now. We are also His subjects in His Kingdom throughout eternity. We, like Him, are eternal beings and our Kingdom is not of this earth.

This year, the feast of Christ the King fits neatly between Thanksgiving and Advent. It is the culmination of the liturgical year that is like a wheel, spinning through the Gospels every 365 days, teaching us the story of our salvation over and again.

Today, Jesus is Christ the King, the culmination of what we will look forward to in Advent.

The important thing for us is that we allow him to be King of our lives. Is Jesus your Lord in the sense which the phrase originally intended? Is He the sole arbiter of your actions, the object of your desires? Is he Lord of your life in deed and fact?

That is the challenge of the feast of Christ the King. This challenge is more urgent this year than others. Our faith is under attack from many directions. “Jesus is the Lord of my life” is no longer just a slogan. It is a question demanding an answer.

Is Jesus the Lord of your life in thought and deed? Do you follow Him before all others?

What answer do you give?

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  • http://jobowerwrites.wordpress.com Jo Randall Bower

    Amen.

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  • Ted Seeber

    Viva Christo Rey! Put Jesus above Obama!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Put Jesus above any secular leaders Ted.

  • http://evansword.wordpress.com Steve Evans

    Very well said, preach it, Sister!
    Courage and strength to you, in Christ,

  • Lily

    Amen! Thank you for the strong reminder!

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  • Bill S

    Like Yogi Berra, I think Jesus is someone who never said most of the things he has been quoted as saying. But if I had to guess at what he might have actually said, I would guess that he did say: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    I don’t think Jesus wanted to be any kind of King. He came to serve, not to be served. The Church has made him a King so that we would make the Pope a king serving in his name.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      When Pilate asked Jesus if He was a King, He answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Notice, he did NOT say that he wasn’t a king.

      As for the rest of this Bill, of course Jesus said the things He’s quoted as saying. The Gospels were written within living memory of His time on earth. The later dates that are bandied about are just revisionist history designed to try to discredit them. Do you honestly think that the Apostles would have painted themselves so poorly if they’d been wanting to lie? People don’t do that. They edit out their own stupidity or at least try to explain it away. Yet the Apostles come across pretty badly in lots of places in the Gospels. Women, who certainly would not have been given respect in a politically correct Gospel of those times (or ours either, for that matter) come out looking like heroines much of the time and Jesus gives them what to people of that day would certainly have regarded as undue respect.

      I think what you’re really getting at is you don’t choose to live by everything that Jesus said, but find things such as His “come to me all you who are heavy laden” statement appealing. (So do I, btw.) I think the idea that this is God, speaking to us in this loving way, is one of the most beautiful things I know. However, it doesn’t mean that I disregard the rest of the Gospels.

  • Bill S

    “When Pilate asked Jesus if He was a King, He answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Notice, he did NOT say that he wasn’t a king.”

    How did the writer know what was said in a private conversation? The gospels are more fiction than fact, aren’t they?

  • Riki

    CHRIST the KING of my LIFE

    O my Master, O my King
    too many times I feel the sting
    of that evil nasty tempter
    but I tell him : CAVEAT emptor !

    Jesus, I gave You my life and my vow
    my past, my future and my now
    my nothingness and my nihility
    but You provided me ability

    I feel empty, of no use
    while I try to sing the blues
    please my Savior, don’t say NAY
    let Your creature happily bray

    On whom can I build, if not on You
    who else can I trust through and through
    do provide and gird up my strength
    to be victorious at length

    Please Lord, hear my pleadings
    stop the serpent’s vicious misleadings
    halt the attacks of that pumped up gnu
    for I belong to You and ONLY You !

    Amen
    Rita Biesemans, February 12 2014

    Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat


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