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Matthew 25:35-36 [Jesus said], “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
This is a king who is vulnerable, weak, powerless, and needy. A king who is naked and his own subjects clothed him—what an odd idea! This is not what we assume a king would be like and, I doubt, neither did the crowd in Jesus’ day. Kings are supposed to be powerful, rich, resplendent, and gloriously free to make their own way in the world as they see fit. They are not supposed to be prisoners who are visited by their followers.
And yet, as we celebrate Christ the King this Sunday, may we always remember the upside-down kingdom of God. May we embrace our weak king and in him, find strength.