THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
SERVANT LEADERS AND HOLY WARRIORS
of Christ the King
November 20, 2016
2 Samuel 5:1-3
The scriptures today speak of two kings--Jesus and David.
It is who and what they are that can bring God’s people
to unity. They are leaders who are servants; they are warriors
who are holy. They are our brothers. “Look! We are your
bone and your flesh” (2 Sm 5:1b). They are the model
for elders in the Church and in Christian communities. In
turn, elders become models for the whole people of God. Their
task is to help bring God’s people to heaven, giving
them great joy. “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let
us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Ps 122:1).
is the most important point of unity. “He is the head
of the body, the church.” (Col 1:18a). He is the one
head of the one body. The one body has many parts, but must
be one. Can the body of Christ be divided? It is only in Jesus
where we all find reconciliation and peace, which unite us.
“For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and
through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace
by the blood of his cross” (Col 1:19-20a).
was warrior and servant leader. “In days past, when
Saul was still our king, you were the one who led Israel out
in all its battles and brought it back. And the Lord said
to you: You shall shepherd my people Israel; you shall be
ruler over Israel.” (2 Sm 5:2). David was God’s
servant leader, and he was God’s holy warrior.
are called to be both servant leader and holy warrior. Elders
can look to David, who was both. As servant leaders, we care
for God’s people. As holy warriors, we wage spiritual
war with the enemy and rescue God’s people from its
dominion. In both, it is about salvation. Servant leaders
and holy warriors look to Jesus, as we acknowledge, “This
is the King of the Jews.” (Lk 23:38b). And King of us
all as well.
is the Savior. Unfortunately many do not recognize him as
such. They are like one of the criminals crucified with him,
who said, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and
us.” (Lk 23:39b). Jesus did not save himself, but in
precisely offering his life, he saved us. Thus we can look
to eternal life. We can confidently say, “Jesus, remember
me when you come into your kingdom.” (Lk 23:42). We
know what Jesus’ reply will be. “Amen, I say to
you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Lk 23:43).
servant leaders simply look to serving Christ and his people,
with no concern for self, they will be instruments of unity
in the body. When holy warriors focus on the war at hand,
with no concern for their personal well-being, rousing God’s
people to battle, looking only to the one enemy, they will
be instruments of unity in the body.
they can go forth to lead God’s people to heaven, to
the New Jerusalem. “Jerusalem, built as a city, walled
round about. There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord”
(Ps 122:3-4a). There in heaven we will meet our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, with David, his servant and warrior, by his
side. “There are the thrones of justice, the thrones
of the house of David.” (Ps 122:5).