Prayer: Lord, help us to be loyal to you.
Reading: John 18:33-37 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Have you ever seen a cross with Christ hanging on it with a crown on his head? The one I remember has Jesus clothed in a white robe. That image is called Christus Rex -- Christ the King. This Sunday much of the Christian Church celebrates Christ the King Sunday. What does it mean that Christ is King? What meaning does the idea of king have in our lives? We in the west, at least, have no experience of living in a kingdom. I do like King Arthur, the round table, Camelot, Lancelot, Merlin. How about you?
But back to Jesus being king. What does that mean to us? I guess in the end it means that Jesus calls the shots. But that image also brings up thoughts of what happens when one doesn’t go along with the king. I don’t think that is what it is really al about. I think it means that our ultimate loyalty is to God in Jesus Christ. And we probably all agree with that to some degree. But, how does that loyalty get lived out in real life? A bit of a problem in my life. How about yours?
Anyhow, Christ is King.
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