November 20, 2022: Ecco Homo (Behold the Man)

Christ the King Sunday


Scripture: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Colossians 1:11-20

  • “Andante Maestoso,” \by Arcangelo Corelli, arr. by Benton Price; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “For the Fruits of This Creation,” by Pratt Green, and Francis Jackson; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 694: “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,’
  • Hymn 131: “We Gather Together,”
  • “Offertory on “Kremser’,” by Ben Logan, based on a Netherlands folk song; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “A Time for All Things,” Scottish Folk Tune, arr. by Douglas Wagner; Trinity Singers
  • Readings from Scripture: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Colossians 1:11-20; Dave Herr
  • Reading from the Gospel: Luke 23:33-43
  • Sermon: “Ecce Homo (Behold the Man),” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Prayer: “The Silent Self, Choral Readers
  • Hymn 2008: “Let All Things Now Living,”
  • Benediction Song: “Old Irish Blessing,” music by Jerome Wright

Christ the King Sunday

Sermon Notes and References

What’s it all about?

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, commonly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King, Christ the King Sunday or Reign of Christ Sunday is a feast in the liturgical year which emphasizes the true kingship of Christ. The feast is a relatively recent addition to the liturgical calendar, instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. The Lutheran, Anglican, Moravian, Methodist, Nazarene, Reformed, and United Protestant churches also celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, which is contained in the Revised Common Lectionary; The Feast of Christ the King has an eschatological dimension pointing to the end of time when the kingdom of Jesus will be established in all its fullness to the ends of the earth. It leads into Advent, when the Church anticipates Christ’s second coming.*

Key Scriptures

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. Jeremiah 23:5

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20

There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” [. . . ] Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23: 38, 42-43

Ecce Homo

Ecce homo (Classical Latin: [ˈɛkkɛ ˈhɔmoː]; “behold the man”) are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate in the Vulgate translation of the Gospel of John, when he presents a scourged Jesus, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion (John 19:5). The scene has been widely depicted in Christian art. *

The Crown of Thorns/Ecce Homo, Currier & Ives, D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
The Crown of Thorns/Ecce Homo, Currier & Ives, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

They did not know, as we do now,
though empires rise and fall,
your Kingdom shall not cease to grow
till love embraces all.

— F. Pratt Green, 1972, To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord

O world invisible, we view thee,
O world intangible, we touch thee,
O world unknowable, we know thee,
Inapprehensible, we clutch thee!
— Francis Thompson 1859-1907, In No Strange Land

Reflection Questions

• Who and what is your king?

• What kind of king do you want?

• Where and how do you see God’s Kingdom breaking in today?