Behold the King!
Christmas seems like a personal holiday, doesn’t it? Family gathered around. Rejoicing both in the heart and in the home. What we often forget is that Christmas holds great significance on a much larger scale. The far-reaching ramifications of that glorious event we all celebrate will one day rock the nations of the earth.
The angel said to Mary, “you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33 NRSV
Jesus Christ was born with one goal in mind—that He might die! And His sacrifice changed everything. With it, He redeemed His creation—all of it. He paid the ransom for our souls, reclaimed His marvelous earth, and set in place an unalterable destiny for the nations of the world. He reestablished His authority as judge of all.
At Christmas, we should rejoice not only in the child lying in a manger-bed but also in the King of kings and Lord of lords, the ruler of heaven and earth, for they are one and the same—His name is Jesus!
To leave Christ in the manger is to forget why He came in the first place. The celebration that surrounded His birth was simply a precursor to what was yet to come—the sacrifice, the miracle of the resurrection, the power and the glory of His heavenly kingdom.
Does Christ reign and rule in your life, dear friend? Do you know Him as both humble child and mighty King? When you offer Him your gifts this Christmas, bring them not to the manger, but lay them at the foot of His throne. Let the risen Christ take His place of honor in your heart and bring everlasting joy to your life at Christmas and all year.
What Christmas Is All About
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16