We Need a King
We need a king. Actually, in the political sense, I'm not a monarchist. As an immigrant from Scotland and a naturalized American citizen, I'm a small "r" republican by choice. I believe in meritocracy and government of the people, by the people, for the people. I believe in the rule of law. I do not think lineage gives certain people special authority, rights or privileges. I am disgusted by the class distinctions I grew up with in Britain.
But God doesn't much care what I think. He is a monarchist. He is an imperialist. He has an empire. He has a kingdom. Jesus is the King of this world, the ruler of the kings of the earth. When, in the end, the rulers of the nations come against Jesus, his Kingdom will prevail. In fact, the goal of history, which God is working out, is to bring all things together under Christ. He will unite all things under his universal dominion. King forever!
None of this was evident in Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she would conceive a baby boy whose name would be Jesus (Luke 1:26-33). But this is God's way to greatness. Because his Son humbled himself, God exalted him and gave him the name above every name. So that every knee would bow to him. So that God would be the ultimate glory in the universe.
Advent is tradition, parties, food and so on. But Advent is also much more. It is time to think about the deepest truths in the universe; truths that find their ultimate expression in the glorious Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things. He is King over the chaos, confusion, and conflict of the age. He is King over the beauty, the progress, and the majesty of nations. He is King over our hearts too.
Jesus is the King we need. He is ruler by virtue of his lineage: He is God. He is ruler by virtue of his character: He is absolutely holy and righteous. He is ruler by virtue of his deeds: He defeated death and sin and satan. Jesus was raised and is alive at the right hand of God. The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ. Hail King Jesus!
Sunday, I'm preaching on Christ, the King. Luke 1:26-33. I believe you will benefit from hearing it and by responding in faith to the message I bring. To God be all the glory.