This Thursday, as we sit around our dinner tables and thank God for the blessings of food, family and friends, some of us might do so in the words of the beloved table grace, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest…”
But who is this Lord Jesus? In the coming Sunday’s lectionary readings we find Christ praised as the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…the one who is and who was and who is to come…the Almighty. Yet we also see him, in our Gospel lesson, as a Lord who puts his Lordship aside to stand by us and suffer with us in our pain, weakness and vulnerability.
As I write this, I’m looking at a reproduction of the Sinai Christ Pantocrator on my home altar. The Lord of All’s luminous image extends a kingly benediction, as he looks out on us with triumph, wisdom and resolve. Yet his eyes — his eyes — are the eyes of a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
What are your thoughts on our paradoxical Lord, our Savior who stoops to conquer, this week as you plan your sermons and prayers? How do you approach the concept of Christ’s sovereignty in a contemporary world where monarchy is often associated with despotism on one hand, frivolity or irrelevance on the other? Or are you planning your worship around other texts? As always, share your insights here and on your blogs!