Christmas: Our King Arrives

Luke 1:30-33

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (ESV)

Christmas memories. We all have them. Hopefully more enjoyable ones than not.

For many it’s a time when family and friends gather together to celebrate the season of giving and good cheer. Gifts are exchanged, meals are served, and the traditional visit to a church x-mas service are some of the activities one may expect. Yet, I wonder how many step-back and truly reflect on the meaning of the season?

Of all the people born from woman, has anyone influenced the world more than Jesus Christ?

A man who lived some two thousand years ago in an age of mason stone and political tyranny; who died in his early thirties, never held public office, nor wrote a book; who was homeschooled, grew up in a small village, and mis-labelled a bastard his entire life.  

He never married, nor had children, and died financially broke.

He is known as a man who never sinned. (Even the Koran identifies this accomplishment); whose God worked mightily through him; and whose life impacted more people throughout the generations than anyone else who ever since lived.

Most people who die soon depart from the memories of the living. But a few make such an impression that their teachings continue. In HIS case, they flourished. Today we recognize Jesus Christ not only as a man, but as a God-Man. The promised Messiah. The King of Heaven and Earth. The Second Person of the God-Head. Mankind’s connection to the eternal world of God Almighty.

Yes, Jesus is Lord of Lords as outlined in the Book of Revelations. World kings, princes, and presidents have recognized HIM as such. Those who believe await the return of HIS physical presence and the establishment of HIS world government. A non-tyrannical, freedom flourishing culture where everyone has the opportunity to exercise their God-given gifts for the service of others and the fulfillment of life as God created you and I to be.

Yes, this is what every Christmas season reminds me. What about you?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

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Savior, Messiah, King

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
“We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ)” John 1:41
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:32-33

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What is Christmas all about?

Is it simply a national holiday?
Is it a religious holy day?
Is it a birthday celebration?

What does the exchange of presents have to do with Christmas?
Is it a day we give ourselves a license to buy the things we always wanted but could never justify? Is it group mentality gone array?

Big business manipulates the airwaves with advertisement. Nonprofits increase their fund development campaigns. The western world gives itself an excuse to party hard. Is it all really about Jesus or something else? What is the reason for the season?

I use too and still do become angry at the commercialism and self-indulgence showcasing itself each year at this time. I also laugh at times realizing that historically this season of the year was once a pagan celebration, but Christians redeemed it for Christ. (I think we are still trying to figure out how to live-out the redemption part.) Yet, I am glad that Jesus is given some recognition in the public media and national channels. I only wish it was more.

I find it interesting that Jesus never asked us to celebrate his birth. We don’t even know the date of His birth. But we do know that He is no longer a baby. He sits on a throne in heaven intervening for you and me. He is humanity’s Savior, Israel’s Messiah, and Heaven & Earth’s King. He is the reason for this and every season!

So this Christmas, and every Christmas, and every day in between, let’s Celebrate Him! Let’s thank Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do. For He is the reason for all our seasons.

My prayer is that you and your love ones have a most enjoyable Christmas!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
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