Fairy Tale – Week of November 26, 2018

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

I Chronicles 29: 11, 13

The trumpets sound, and the fanfare plays. The wise king waves to his loyal subjects. They love him because he works tirelessly to do what is best for them. Knowing this, his people work together to make their kingdom exceptional. And the king and his people lived happily ever after.

This sounds like a fairy tale we might read to our children, doesn’t it? In reality our leaders don’t always have their people’s best interests at heart. We don’t always show respect to our leaders and work our hardest to make our country great. Life just isn’t a fairy tale.

Yesterday was Christ the King Sunday. We are reminded that we actually do have the perfect King. We have a mighty King who knows exactly what is best for us because he created and sustains everything on earth. We have a compassionate King who never leaves us, never forgets us, never stops loving us. He gives us the ability to trust and praise and show him love by our thoughts, words, and actions.

Christ our King is with us day by day in this earthly life, but he has another kingdom waiting for us as well. Our exalted King humbled himself, so we might join him in this heavenly kingdom. Jesus came to earth and felt what we feel, was tempted, was mocked, and was rejected by many. Even when his people praised him as their king on that first Palm Sunday, Jesus knew that this was his path to suffering and death. Our mighty king laid down his life for us.

But that wasn’t the end. Christ, our King, rose from the dead. Through his victory, we also are triumphant. We know that we will join him in his perfect kingdom. With King David, we shout, “Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”
We really do get the fairy tale!

Prayer:

Lord, as you will, so lead me still; your mercy fails me never.
My God I pray: teach me your way to my last day; from evil keep me ever.
Grant, Lord I pray, your grace each day, that I your name revering,
Your glory see and happy be eternally, before your throne appearing.
Amen.

Christian Worship 362:2,5

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