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Monday, December 26, 2016

Jesus is King

The last couple months has been focused on the time in Israel’s history when they had no king and so they did whatever they wanted.  This was the time period of the Judges.

Today, we run the same risk in many places around the world.  Even with political systems in place to lead us, many of us still do whatever we want…and it is not good.  The Israelites needed a King.  We need a King, too.  God knows that.  That is why God sent His Son, Jesus.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 2:1-5 ESV)

Jesus came here as God in the flesh for many reasons.  One of those reasons was to introduce us to our King.  God is the perfect King.  He upholds Justice perfectly.  He loves us unconditionally.  He leads us into life eternally.  Jesus is the perfect King.

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:33, 36-37 ESV)

This Christmas, we are not just celebrating the birth of a baby.  We are celebrating the birth of a King.  No, we are celebrating the birth of THE King – The King of Kings.  Jesus is a King who’s throne is above all thrones.  He is The King above all Kings.  His reign will last for ever and ever.

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:11-16 ESV)

How about you?  Are you celebrating the birth of The King?