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Christ the King

Today we celebrate Christ the King. Yet, we also soon realise that he is a very different kind of King from many of the Kings we know from history. He doesn’t live far away, above and beyond: he is amongst his people, ruling with love.

I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here!

Opening Activity
Have a fun round of the Bush Tucker Trial from ‘I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here!’ Ask for a few volunteers. Provide some small chocolates and tell them that they are chocolate covered locusts, maggots or giant ants, etc. (Ensure that no one is allergic to anything first, such as nuts, etc) If at any time they wish to stop participating, all they have to say is “I’m a celebrity get me out of here!” How did they get on?! Were they willing to do it? How far would they really be willing to go if they really had to embrace some of the challenges from the TV Programme?

Get me out of here?
Today we celebrate Christ the King, but we know from Jesus’ life and teaching that he is a very different kind of King. He lived as a real human being. Through Jesus, God becomes human, and lives among us, experiencing everything that we experience. He could have, at any moment, have said, ‘I’m the Son of God get me out of here!’ In the garden of Gethsemane on the night of his arrest, Jesus struggled with what was about to happen. He knew how awful it was going to be. He knew it would be difficult and painful. But he chose to carry on and embrace all that was about to happen. Jesus said, ‘Father, not my will but yours be done.’ He could have, at any stage, said to God: ‘Get me out of here, please.’ But he didn’t. He wanted to accomplish what he had been sent to do.

Jesus lives among his people
Jesus says that he is present in all those who are in need, those who suffer, the ‘little’ people of the world. Jesus said, ‘As you did this for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did it for me.’ Jesus is a very different kind of King! He is a king who continues to live among his people, and he is present in every situation, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable, no matter how painful. The Kingdom of Jesus is very different from earthly kingdoms. It isn’t built on wealth or luxury. He doesn’t live apart from his people behind large, guarded walls. Jesus Kingdom is built on Love and doing the will of God. The Kingdom of God is amongst us. We discover the love and reign of God in the grittiness of life. Jesus is a down to earth King, a close king, a King who lives among us.

Have there been situations in our life that we wanted to escape from?
Have there been difficult things that we have tried to avoid?
Are there times when we feel as though we are alone?
Remember that Jesus is with us in every situation: he has been and still is involved in our lives.

Lord Jesus,
Thank you for coming into the world
to share God’s love and to show us how to live.
Help us to remember that you are with us always.

Also Check Out

Kingdom of God
St Martin of Tours
Holy Week

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I’m a Celebrity Get me Outa Here Website

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