Saturday of the Sixth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 14:47-15:9; Acts 24:1-23

For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. (Psalm 47:2 from the Introit for Trinity 7)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Just who is in charge of this crazy world? There are presidents and kings and queens and dictators and mobs. But who is really in charge? The Bible says the Lord is the true King of all the earth. How can that be? Most people don't even believe in God and so many believe in some other god than Jesus Christ. How can Jesus claim to be King of this world?

Jesus is King of the world--not through an earthly, political kingdom, but because all things were made through Him and He gave His life for the world, for every sinner ever born. Jesus is King, crowned with thorns, whose hands and feet bear the marks that He has earned His title. Jesus is King because He has done what no earthly king could ever do: defeat death. No matter how rich or powerful the kings of this world are, they can't escape death. But Jesus triumphed over death and so the Father has given to Him all authority and dominion.

And you are a citizen in this kingdom. In the divine service tomorrow, There will be proclamations and proclamations made on the King's behalf. His herald, the pastor, will declare once again the King's amnesty: criminals and sinners are forgiven. There will be no death penalty, no dungeon imprisonment. Behold, the King declares you are set free.

And not only that, like any good king, He's providing for His people a great feast for them to enjoy. It's a feast of His Body and Blood. Tomorrow is the King's day for Him to take care of you, His subject. Here He promises protection against your enemies and life in His kingdom which never ends--His holy Church now and forever.

Indeed Jesus, who was crucified and is risen is the great King over all the earth! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Glory to the Father sing, Glory to the Son, our king, Glory to the Spirit be Now and through eternity. (Savior of the Nations, Come LSB 332:8)


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