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24th November 2019 – Reign of Christ (COCU 67C)

A DIFFERENT REALM
(Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 23:33-43)
Ancient shepherds,
corruption, abuse, mocking
and crucifixion:

An un-majestic
‘crown-of-thorns-king-of-the-Jews’
discarded scarecrow.*

A once and crumbling
Church Triumphant, past glory,
hails this one as king.

The way of the church:
making sense of Jesus’ death
in this counter-image.

The way of Jesus:
teaching, healing, including,
sharing bread… and life.
        Jeff Shrowder, 2019
 
* Hymn: ‘Here hangs a man discarded’, Brian Arthur Wren (1973, revised 1995): Hope Publishing Company
 
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