For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the LORD of Armies will accomplish this.
I’m sure you know the Christmas melody, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Take a moment and think about what makes this season wonderful. Is it the gift giving, decorating the Christmas tree, holiday parties, or spending more time with family and friends? Or do you celebrate that Jesus is our King?
As Christians, our focus should be on the baby born to Mary and Joseph. They were a poor couple who traveled to the city of David to register for the census decreed by Caesar Augustus. But because there were no guest rooms available, Mary gave birth where animals were housed among smells intertwined with hay. She lay her newborn child in a feeding trough to rest. Yet despite this humble beginning, angels announced His birth, shepherds came to see Him, and Magi from the east eventually visited with elaborate gifts. Who is this baby?
Jesus the King
Being God in flesh, Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and our Prince of Peace. We all know that a king has a kingdom. Scripture tells us Jesus spoke of His great Kingdom that would have no end. Before His crucifixion, He told Pilot, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus meant His kingdom is spiritual, not physical.
Why Jesus Came
Jesus came to restore the relationship between God and His fallen Creation. He is the only way to this restoration. After Jesus was crucified and buried, He rose from the dead on the third day. Jesus is alive! He has conquered death and now sits with His Father in heaven as King Jesus.
Truly believing Jesus is God’s one and only Son leads to repenting of sin and confessing that Jesus is now Lord and Master. The new believer’s public profession of faith is baptism; a symbolic burial into a watery grave and rising to walk in newness of life. This serves as a public declaration that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Through His Son’s obedience, God plucks those who trust in Him out of a dark world and transfers them into the Kingdom of Light.
Make this a Christmas to remember by resolving to focus your heart, soul, and mind on King Jesus. Give Him first place as your King of kings, and Lord of lords. After all, He deserves all glory, honor, and He is worthy of praise.