Advent, a time for the King

On our journey through Advent we need to stop and take a look at the scene in Matthew 2:1-2.  The Magi from the east had traveled a long distance in search of the king that was revealed to them in the stars.  At the time, Magi were wise men who studied the stars and sacred writings.  They had perhaps come into contact with the prophecies of the coming Messiah through the sacred writings in the Old Testament revered by Jews that had been living in Babylon.   They arrived in Jerusalem, the Jewish capital, looking for the newborn king.  They questioned Herod, the reigning king, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”   This very phrase, king of the Jews, was to be used later when Jesus appeared before Pilate, Matthew 27:11 “Meanwhile, Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him ‘Are you the king of the Jews?'” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.  It was also written on the plaque over Jesus at the cross, Matthew 27:37 “Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”    Now flash forward to the end of time when Jesus returns, Revelation 19:16 “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

This name, King, so often associated with Jesus is the title of our sovereign Lord.  He was in the beginning, came to earth as a babe and will reign for all eternity as our KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  Is this the name you associate with Jesus, the child who’s birth we celebrate at Christmas?  Is he your KING and LORD?  Ponder today what position Jesus has in your life?  He desires to be KING and LORD of your life.  Will your answer be the same as King David in Psalm 24:10 “Who is he, this King of glory?  The LORD Almighty- he is the King of glory.” 

Worshipping the KING today,


All the gold on the altar of the Cathedral in Santiago de la Compostela, Spain will pale in comparison to the throne room of our KING in heaven.

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