understand that the Queen usually has only one glass of wine at lunch. One day
she asked for a second glass. Her famous Mother responded:-
you think that wise, darling – you have to reign all afternoon!”
of “reigning” today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. Perhaps there
might be a question of what this means exactly, applied to Jesus.
the years, the accounts we have of various Kings reveals characters more
infamous than worthy. From the times of the Old Testament down to today, the
records show individuals with hands soaked in blood, or immense wealth. Millions
of people have suffered from such persons. How then may we consider Jesus with
In the New Testament the belief was that Jesus descended in the tradition of David, anointed as King, with the concepts of priest and messiah but Jesus himself doesn’t seem to clarify, exactly, how he understood this attached to himself. He claimed that his Kingdom was "not of this world” and he spoke of himself as one come not to Rule, not to be served but to serve. Its ambiguity is exposed at Christmas, which resounds with the image of Kingship. How do we experience Christmas? We find a baby crying in a cow-shed.
enough, the image that the first Christians adopted to signify who Jesus was,
were associated with the belief that he came “to save the lost sheep of
the Roman and Greek State adopted Christianity as its official religion, there
was a change in the images of Christ.
the sheep became the good people, who had kept the Law and who were allowed into
heaven whilst the goats were the bad guys, who had failed to keep the Rule and
were sent down to Hell. This symbol of reckoning, called significantly the Doom,
flooded the Churches of the West. Folk across
the world of scholarship and New Testament, the focus of the Triumphant of Jesus
Christ was both the Cross and the Resurrection.
John 12v32 Jesus says “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men
unto me” and in 20:17 "I ascend unto my Father and to my God and your
today’s Gospel we see the union of the two images – the one come from God to
seek the lost and take them to the Father and the recognition of the
kingship of Jesus.
Monarch, like David, was anointed with oil and made her vow to be faithful to
her role of Queen. She has not only remained faithful to her vows, she has
increasingly revealed how much her faith means to her. So I think we should
allow her a second glass of wine.
Simon Holden CR