Christ the King Sunday (Last Sunday of End Time)

 Sermon Text: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 23, 24

 Other Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 and Matthew 27:27-31

 

  1. Explain how this prophecy helps John chapter 10 take on deeper meaning.

 

  1. Since Jesus is the shepherd prophesied here, what seems contradictory about the way he acts in our Gospel reading from Matthew 27:27-31?

 

  1. We see tender acts of shepherding here but also God’s power as the King of kings. How do verses 16 and 24 comfort you in a world that seems so out-of-control and upside down?

 

  1. Verse 24 ends this way: “I the LORD have spoken.” What is significant about God using that particular name here? Confer Exodus 34:6,7.

 


  1. Jesus’ metaphor in John chapter 10 is not just one isolated instance of that peaceful picture. Jesus is also making a direct connection to Ezekiel’s prophecy which he recorded about six hundred years before Jesus’ birth. Jesus is saying, “I am the one Ezekiel prophesied about!”

 

  1. Jesus looks like a lamb going to the slaughter (cf. Isaiah 53:7), not like a shepherd who is control.

 

  1. As the King of kings, God has the power to destroy all the fat and sassy (“the sleek and the strong”) who oppose his will. Not only does he have the power, he will use that power justly so that his believers are saved but the enemies get what they deserve.

 

  1. “The LORD” (sometimes spelled or pronounced Yahweh) was a name God used to associate with his covenant of free and faithful love. It reminds both of the grace which moved him to make this covenant but also of the faithfulness with which he carried out his covenant to Israel, and to us through Jesus.