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Christ-the-King Sunday


Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."  
Luke 23:42-43   .

Scripture Lessons:

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Luke 1:68-79  or
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

 

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Lord, do remember me! Luke 23:33-43
Rev. Frank. Schaefer
 

And suddenly, we enter into the picture of Christ's Kingdom. The setting is Calgary (the scull hill), almost 2000 years ago. The occasion: the darkest moment in the history of humankind! Christ crucified. Yet, as all the children of the resurrection know, God takes the darkest moment in human history and turns it into the biggest triumph for humanity. It is the moment when the Christ takes away the sins of the world. It is the moment when God the Father takes the crown of thorns put on His son by human hands and replaces it with a crown of glory. Thatís what we celebrated this morning when we sung the old hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns.Ē

And in the middle of this dark and yet triumphant hour, we find humanity represented by the repentant and by the unrepentant thief. The unrepentant one mocks Jesus expressing his unbelief: "If you are the Messiah, how come you can't help yourself and us?" This soul represents the dark side within every one of us. The side that rebels against God's unconditional love; the side that doesnít want to accept Christís Kingship in our lives.

And then, there is the other thief. He represents the other side within us, the one that reaches out to Jesus with a repentant heart. The side that knows that accepting Christ as our Lord is the best thing we could ever do for ourselves. Listen to the words of the repentant thief once again: "Remember me when you come into your kingdom!"

"Remember me" is what Abraham essentially said to God when he was waiting for the child of promise. "Remember us in our distress" was the cry of the Hebrew slaves, .....Subscribers: click here for the full sermon and more

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