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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Nov 13

Written by: Andries
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 4:28:17 AM  RssIcon

On Sunday 24 November 2019 the world-wide Church again, like every year on the last Sunday of the Christian calendar, observes the Feast of Christ the King.

The first Sunday of the new Christian year is observed as the First Advent Sunday, on Sunday 1 December, when amongst other things, the countdown to Christmastide that begins on Christmas Day, commences.

 

The Christian year ends with celebrating Christ the King, in victory. We gladly bring honour to Jesus who has not only saved us from our sins by his cross and resurrection, but also ascended to the right hand of God. Our yearlong celebration of the glorious work of Jesus Christ culminates in the great finale called the Celebration of Christ the King. We rejoice that his Kingdom has come on earth, just as it is in heaven.

 

We bring honour to our Redeemer, Christ the King, who victoriously reigns now, and reigns forever. He dealt with our every need, delivered us from every enemy, healed us from all sin, harm and injury and he is worshipped when everyone bows before him as Lord of all.

 

His Kingdom has come and he is the King and Head of the Church, reigning in glory for all eternity.

And yet, his dominion is also still coming to us and to the world. We still live in hope, and in faith that we truly heard the Word of God, that testifies that he will also come again in glory to effect, in the smallest detail, his glorious reign. But until that day, we celebrate his heavenly rule, and the coming of his dominion over everything and everyone on earth with great expectation, in faith and in the certain knowledge that even now he is already the King of our hearts, of his Church on earth and in heaven and of every aspect of our lives.

 

We celebrate that our King not only brings salvation to us, but through his ministry through the Church, he brings joy, hope and deliverance to the ends of the earth. His people accept the grace that he brings, and commit their lives to the power of the Holy Spirit who empowers God’s children and his Church to fulfil the commission of Christ the King to preach the gospel to everyone, to bring justice wherever we serve him and to bring hope and light where darkness still hides his glorious reign and redemption.

 

We have to and want to live only for his honour, glory and reign. We seek to be obedient by the power of his resurrection and his Spirit. We are convinced that nobody and nothing will separate us from the love of God that we received in Christ the King, our Lord and our Saviour!

Hosanna to the King of kings!

 

Our lives are focussed on our relationship with the King and the person of the King. If our works of love are done as a result of our faith relationship with Christ, then it is regarded as works of his Kingdom.

We must be linked to Christ and his goodness. We must live as a sheep in his fold and therefore receive the gracious gift by which sinners are accounted as good-in order for there to be any works of love and mercy for Christ. Faith in Christ is the key as to whether our lives will be judged to be works of his Kingdom, or not.

 

It is faith in Christ the King that justifies us. Following the King, accepting him as King and Lord of our lives turns the direction of our existence around. This turn-around is a free gift and is pure divine grace!

 

His precious blood washes away our sins. His righteousness is imputed to us as a gift of love. His perfect holiness purifies our imperfect lives, and his Spirit turns us into people who do everything for him, because of our love for him and in obedience to our majestic King and Lord!

 

Faith alone saves by grace, but the faith never stands alone. It is always accompanied by the works of the Kingdom of the King that saved us.

Faith works. Like a good tree, it bears good fruit.

 

The key to living and experiencing the Kingdom of Christ is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship guarantees that our sins have been forgiven and washed away by his blood that was shed on the cross. This is the only way through which our impure, selfish lives can be wiped away and be replaced with the very works of Christ the King. We celebrate that our Judge is also our Saviour!

 

This is how we glorify Christ the King! We believe in him and we live for him.

Glory to the King of kings!

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