When we proclaim that Jesus is our Lord and King we do two things: First, we effectively say that this world is not our Lord. Jesus is our Lord and Sovereign and there is no other! Now while we are all bound to many ties in our lives, family, church, community and nation, none of these overrides our primary allegiance to Christ. And second, while it may be easy to say that Jesus is our Lord, it is harder to live this out in practice.
We are reminded again today in our Gospel text from Matthew of the need for our faith to be evident in our behaviour, in our love and concern and aid for the last and least among us. We can only do this in the power of God’s Spirit as Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians today, always aware of God’s grace to us and the hope we have been given.