The Psalter of Jesus: Behold Your King // Psalm 72

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
— Jesus of Nazareth, Christ the King

Our world is broken. Nothing holds together. Everything dies. The order and authority that we struggle to impose on this fractured reality amount to temporary band-aids, at best. More often, our efforts to fix the mess only make matters worse. Nevertheless, God so loved this world that he sent his Son into its mire. And Jesus humbled himself, entering even the most devastated quarters of this burned out place. He bore the shame of sin, heard the lies of Satan, and knew the darkness of death. Yet, he did not enter these things only to endure them. He entered to defeat them. Jesus undid the power of shame. He crushed the head of Satan. And he flooded the black of death with light. Jesus imposed order and authority in ways we cannot. For there is only one true King. And his kingdom is boundless.


CALL TO WORSHIP

He is risen!
He is risen indeed!

The Lord our God, the God of all nations, has conquered sin and death.
Blessed are those people whose God is the Lord!

May all kings bow down before him, may all people praise his name.
Blessed be his glorious name forever, may the whole earth be filled with his glory!

The heavens and earth are his, as all things were created in Him.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things!

Justice and righteousness are the foundation of his throne. Steadfast love and faithfulness go before Him.
Holy is He, the Lord, giver of Life! He is our Redeemer and King!

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy Redeemer, we stand before you a broken people, in need of healing and rescue. Born of sin, we are in darkness.
Lord, bring us your Light. Rescue us from our broken selves and this broken place.

Even in our need of rescue, we worship other gods and kneel to earthly kings. Forgetting who is our true Savior.
Lord, we are not worthy to receive you.

Often, we forget the pain of the cross, and the sacrifice of Christ's perfect life for ours.
Lord, we are not worthy to receive you.

We are like a breath, our days like a passing shadow. But you are the Giver of Life, the Creator of all things.
Lord, say the Word and we shall be healed.

You Lord are the Redeemer, the Giver of Life, our great rescue. You have conquered death and sin once and for all, giving your only Son, so that we may become your children also. Remind us of this truth, on Easter and every day. We stand in awe of your goodness and love – thankful for the gift of your Son, Jesus.
Holy is he, the Lord, giver of Life! He is our Redeemer and King! He is risen indeed!