(Part 160)


November 22, 2015

Christ the King Sunday

Today’s readings:

Daniel 7:13-14

Psalm 93:1-5

Revelation 1:5-8

John 18:33-37

Jesus is King of kings and he will come again in glory at the end of time.

Daniel had a vision by which he make known the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. This was such a marvelous feat that Nebuchadnezzar made him ruler of the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel, known as showing brilliant insight and godlike wisdom, interpreted for King Belshazzar (son of Nebuchadnezzar) the writing on the wall. For this Belshazzar made him third in governing his kingdom.

Then under Darius the Mede, Daniel miraculously survived being thrown into a den of lions. Darius was so amazed and overjoyed that he decreed that the God of Daniel was to be reverenced and feared, “For he is the living God, enduring forever, whose kingdom shall not be destroyed, whose dominion shall be without end, a savior and deliverer” (Dn 6:27-28a). Daniel then had another vision: “I saw coming with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of man. When he reached the Ancient of Days and was presented before him, he received dominion, splendor, and kingship; all nations, peoples and tongues will serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, his kingship, one that shall not be destroyed.” (Dn 7:13-14).

Daniel had a vision of the end time. Darius, a pagan, was led to acknowledge the one true God, prophetically speaking about Jesus even before Daniel’s vision. But this was not the case with Pilate and the Jews. They already saw, heard and encountered Jesus, but they did not believe in him. Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” (Jn 18:33). He was so close, but he could not grasp the truth.

Jesus did not answer Pilate directly, just as he had a similar response to the high priest. But in the vision of John, in the revelation of God about the end times, Jesus says plainly and clearly: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” (Rev 1:8). Jesus is the “ruler of the kings of the earth.” (Rev 1:5b). He is our savior, “who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Rev 1:5c). He has gathered us together unto himself, to be his body on earth, and “has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father” (1 Rev 1:6a).

How will the world know and accept Jesus as Savior and King? We must do a massive work of evangelization. We must proclaim him for who he truly is. “The Lord is king, robed in majesty” (Ps 93:1a).

And the world must know that Jesus will return in glory, to finally and eternally manifest his kingship over all. “Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him.” (Rev 1:7a). Let us then be about the work of massive evangelization, to prepare the world to accept its King. Let not people have to ask Jesus as Pilate did, “Then you are a king?” (Jn 18:37a).

May all humankind accept Jesus as Savior, Lord and King, and proclaim that “to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev 1:6b).

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