A week ago the news was released that Roy Hodgson had stood down as manager and Kenny Daglish had agreed to take on the job as a caretaker manager until the end of the season. Kenny Daglish, ‘King Kenny’ as he is known to many LFC fans is one of Liverpool’s greatest both as player and manager. His Liverpool record ended with: 515 appearances, 172 goals, 307 as manager, 8 League Championships, 2 FA Cup wins, 3 European Cup wins, 4 League Cup wins, 1 European Super Cup win, and 5 Charity Shield wins. Of course there is always the question of what European success they might have known under him with English clubs banned at that time.
Kenny’s reign ended in 1991. The main reason was the stress caused by the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989, a crush during a cup-tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest resulting in 96 fans dying. He left mid season, and ever since there has been the feeling that there was unfinished business…
Wind forward to January 2011. The reception of the king’s return is rapturous, even if the club have lost its first two matches with him at the helm and it is a pale reflection of the club he left. The sense of joy and excitement is tangible amongst players, fans and commentators alike.
This week at house-group we spent time discussing Mark 1 following David’s great sermon last Sunday. What a chapter this is! The more we looked at it, the more we learnt about who Jesus was and what he came to do. There is much about his identity as King, Christ and Saviour, and the radical nature of the Kingdom he came to declare, demonstrating it with compassion, authoritative teaching and healing. One thing that struck us, alongside his greatness, was the way that the people responded to him. Everywhere he went the crowds gathered, people clamouring to see him, to touch him, to hear him, all wanting to be part of the miraculous events that were unfolding.
Of course Jesus’ reign seemed to end in tragedy, with the Cross. The resurrection followed, giving hope of more to come, but his ascension left unfinished business, a world still in need of renewal. One day our King will return to his throne, in the meantime we are called to press on with the preparations, and work towards that glorious day with eager anticipation. The joy then will make that of LFC fans seem pale in comparison!
Church Newsletter Article for Sunday 16th January