November 19, 2016
Christ the King - C
The King Who Saves Others
As Jesus is hung on the cross, three times, three different people/groups of people either tell Jesus to “save yourself” or expect him to save himself.
The three are the rulers, the soldiers, and one of the criminals. They seem to be people who are familiar with this kind of expectation of any earthly king.
But this King’s mission is not to save himself.
In fact, from the very beginning, his identity as one who saves others was already given by the angel to Mary. “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus” (Luke 1:31). This identity is further clarified by Matthew, “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
The one criminal knows and trusts in this King as one who has come to save people like him.
What is my view of this King?