The King of Glory
Christmas day is a few days away and I wanted to take a few moments to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas. It is hard to find joy in life in the world we are in currently when all around us are taunts of our common enemy who is bent on revenge. Why is this enemy bent on revenge? Because this Devil held reign over helpless mankind until the birth of the King. Now, we have the word of the Eternal King to hold onto. In the years, months, weeks, and days leading up to the birth of Jesus, the nation Israel, or what was left of it, had endured centuries of spiritual drought, in which the people only had the words that were spoken by Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel centuries prior. Because God was not speaking, the false prophets and government appointed priests filled in the gaps with spiritual non-sense. When all was bleak and apparently hopeless for the nation, a magical thing occurred, the birth of a boy child not by the hands of man but by the move of God’s hand. This very ordinary boy child would one day rule the nations not by fear nor by prowess in battle but by the way he taught the people, cared and provided for them not for his glory but for his Father. This very same boy child one day became the King of Glory; his kingdom was not an earthly kingdom that would fade into history but an eternal kingdom that is alive and well today. This very same King wants you to be part of his kingdom that you will allow him to rule over your life. My encouragement for you today is that you will welcome this king on this very special day into your heart if you have not done so already; if you have welcomed him in, then let this be a day for renewing your vows and sharing the message. You may say, “I’ve screwed up so much that no one wants to help me”; yet, I tell you, there are nothing and no one that can stand in the way of the mighty Jehovah. To those of you in hospitals, prisons, and other places you would rather not be, I encourage you to take hold of the hand that will never let you down; forget about the former days and allow this day to be the first day of the rest of your life.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, your gates; lift them up, your ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory (Psalms 24:8-10).
Today we celebrate the birth of your son Jesus. The world has witnessed a great throng of men and women who have come and gone. Our libraries are full of the words of these people; yet, only one person’s word in our entire history remains alive; That is the word of your son who came by means that still baffles the wise and the learned. Jesus’ life and testimony are life-changing even in the 21st century. Thank you for sending your son when it would have been easier to just annihilate the world once more and be done with it. Thank you for this special day in our life.
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