For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas King

Luke 1:30-33
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father 
David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

The tree is trimmed, the gifts all wrapped, the cookies baked…Christmas. But where’s the baby? Oh no worries, I have my nativity set up and displayed in a prominent place. Jesus’ sweet little likeness sits center stage. Mary and Joseph bow before him, while he sleeps in heavenly peace. What a lovely image. One I cherish. Yet, it’s not enough.

The angel told Mary that Jesus’ life held more than she could even imagine. He was destined to be a king. Not royalty like Kate and Will. Not even like Solomon or Nebuchadnezzar. King Jesus reigns over the eternal kingdom, heaven. As I celebrate the season of his birth, I can’t help but think about his life and death and the mercy and grace he brought to the people on earth. God loved me enough to give the gift of his son, who reigns in my heart. Praise God for Jesus and his birth!

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