By the end of this month it will be all about turkey and trimmings, football games, massive sales ads, and Black Friday. Decorations will be going up, workplace parties will be scheduled, mall traffic will be frustrating us, and we will be feeling behind on everything even before it all begins. Ah, the holidays!
That may be the best reason to focus on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, which is Christ the King Sunday; a day to celebrate that Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Christ is kingly – but the armies he commands do not seek vengeance or inflict violence. Instead they sow mercy and kindness and proclaim God’s love. Christ’s kingdom is filled with riches – but those riches are not stockpiled gold in the treasury, they cannot be bought in the mall, wrapped in a box, or exchanged for something better. Our true treasure, for which we give thanks and celebrate, is that Jesus has conquered sin, death and the devil. All authority has been given Him because He humbled himself and died for each one of us, His subjects. He reigns from heaven and desires that each one of us join him for eternity. Now that is something to celebrate!
We can easily get lost in all the festivities, celebrations, and customs of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season and miss who and what all of life is about – Jesus. Not just this time of year, but each and every day belongs to the One who has redeemed us.
Having begun our season there…
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
~ In Him,