Pastor Larson’s Corner: Christ the King
The palace in Stockholm, Sweden, is known for being one of the most beautiful in all of Europe. The King no longer lives there, but it continues to be maintained in all of its splendor. Like the other monarchs of Europe, the King of Sweden has no political power. Nevertheless, the King and his family live in luxury unknown to much of the population. Palaces and royal families continue to be supported in many countries of the world long after their original function has passed.
As Christians, we also have a King. We have a King with real power. We have a King who rules the world with truth and grace. Jesus is our King. Unlike earthly rulers, Jesus does not choose to live in elaborate palaces made with human hands. Rather, He has chosen to live in us. He has chosen to live in everyone who calls upon His name.
When you visit a palace like the one in Stockholm, you can imagine one of the reasons they built it. It was probably to impress the rest of the world. When other rulers and dignitaries came to Sweden and saw this beautiful palace, they were impressed with Sweden’s grandeur and power. Today, however, it is a museum. It is maintained for nostalgic reasons and not practical ones.
This does not hold true with our King. He has not abandoned His dwelling place on earth. Christ our King remains alive and well and living in us. He dwells in the earth today just as he has from the day of His resurrection victory. In fact, His kingdom continues to be so firmly established on earth that no one can destroy it or make it go away. What a wonderful and powerful King we have. We have a King who reigns in all the earth, a King who lives in us, and a King who gives His people life and peace.
Pastor Larson’s Corner is written by Jerry Larson and appears weekly in the Norwegian American Weekly.
Pastor Jerry Larson retired to his cabin in Zimmerman, Minn., after 39 years in parish ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In 2011 he published a book entitled “Speaking the Word Freely: Writing with purpose, preaching with power.” Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 19, 2014 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (800) 305-0271.