Advent is about looking forward but, for me, the last day of anything is about remembering what has happened in the past and what we have achieved or not.
Now I am not a great one for navel gazing, but perhaps that is because my memory is not as good as it was, so I have conveniently forgotten many things that have happened!
However, sometimes it is worth reflecting on the past year, at the very least to help us avoid, in the future, some awful mistakes made in the past!
At Jesus’ ‘trial’, Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews ?’ Part of Jesus’ reply is ‘My kingdom is not of this world’. Pilate retorts ‘So you are a king?’ Have a look at the exchange between Pilate and Jesus in John chapter 18 and 19, you will find it fascinating. When Jesus was on the cross Pilate, mockingly, puts a notice on the cross ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews’. Pilate and the people just didn’t under-stand when Jesus spoke of his kingship not being of this world.
Of course, Jesus is king over everything, but in a personal sense Jesus’ kingship is within our hearts and lives. So it is fitting to consider at this time whether Jesus really is king of our lives? To reflect on the way we live our lives and how we live together as God’s people.
Every now and again we need to reflect on our discipleship, how we seek Jesus at every moment of our lives? Do we live our lives under the sovereignty of Jesus? Do we seek his empowering in all we do and say? Are we aware of His faithfulness and mercy day by day? Do we willingly follow Jesus through the pains of life and to share with others who are going through suffering and, yes, even death?
Are we moving forward in our Christian lives; have we grown in our faith over the past year?
This last Sunday in the church’s year is a good time to reflect on the kingship of Jesus Christ in us, but not to wallow in our failures and weaknesses.
As we embrace a new year, let us do so in the sure knowledge that Jesus Christ is King as we begin the Advent season.