O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

Out of all the titles for Jesus, I think this one–for me–is probably the hardest to grapple with. It’s not because I think it untrue, but because I see a world filled with many different leaders, and torn apart by their differences. Unity under a single king requires that all people (or at least a vast majority) assent to his rule.

Can Jesus really breach that gap???

I suppose at the heart of that question…. a leap of faith is involved. If Christ taught us anything, it’s that he came to bring reconciliation between humanity and God…..

By holding on to that truth…..Jesus becomes our king……nothing else matters…..the most important relationship in our lives–between us and our Maker–is healed. Anything that stands beyond that is purely secondary.

by holding on to that truth, we realize that the Grace and Forgiveness we have received for ourselves is a gift…….and that evangelism is not so much a desire to convince someone that Jesus is Lord, but a desire to share what we have been given with others.

Christ is not a king who demands taxes and labour….only that we bring ourselves, so that we may know the peace which passes all understanding. In possessing that peace, we are able to look on our fellow human beings not as competitors with hidden agendas, but people who are just as flawed and broken as us, looking to be made whole.

And so…..we look for that King now….and knowing that in serving Him…..our viewpoint is forever changed. Alleluia!

Lord Jesus, come soon! Come and be born in our hearts! +