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The Rev. Duane Steele

What Is Fair and What Is Right?

Luke 23:33-43

November 25, 2001

The Rev. Duane Steele (ELCA)

Today's Gospel reading honors Christ the King. It is the last Sunday of the church-year calendar. It is also the day when many of you listening to my voice will be returning home from the long Thanksgiving Day weekend and you're already looking forward to Christmas.

As you share this Protestant Hour broadcast with me, you're probably wondering if there has been some mistake in the schedule. Our Scripture text is taken right out of the Good Friday narrative and seems to be out of context somehow. Yet, those who chose the readings appointed for the Sundays of the church year felt that it is necessary to emphasize the real Kingdom of Christ our Lord on the day which bears that title. In order for Jesus to achieve his glory at the right side of God the Creator, there had to be a cross and a death.

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