Contra Christ the King Sunday?

by Travis Prinzi on November 29, 2012

In my preparation for the Christ the King sermon, I came across two books that I’d seen before, but had put way on the back burner: Simply Jesus and How God Became King, both by N.T. Wright. I just ordered both, and I plan to read and blog through each over the coming months.

I recalled previously coming across Wright’s opposition to the Feast of Christ in the King. Sunday afternoon, after my sermon was delivered twice, I googled, and here’s what I came up with:

‘The kingdom of this world,’ says John the Seer, ‘has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he shall reign for ever and ever.’ Amen, we say at the Ascension. This is the real Feast of Christ the King, and the sooner we abolish the fake one that has recently been inserted into our calendar in late November the more likely we shall be to get our political theology sorted out.

His point is that Ascension Sunday should be our recognition of Christ’s Kingship, because that’s what he ascended to do and to be. The response to the “recently inserted” (1925 1970 – HT to @sjgarver) Feast of Christ the King seems overly strong. Does it really harm our entire political theology to bookend ordinary time with another recognition of Christ’s Kingship? What am I missing in his reaction?

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1 Chris Whitler December 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Well, I don’t know. To me, this year, it clicked as to why Christ the King Sunday should come before advent and we, as a congregation pondered Christ’s kingship in worship as a way to think about what he lay down in order come and live with us.

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Phil 2

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