The election was still two weeks away, but the line snaked around the building as I stood with other early voters, wearing masks and spaced six feet apart. While a pandemic raged around us, we showed up and waited as long as it took to cast our vote in the 2020 election. We did so because we believed that, especially in times of difficulty, it matters who’s in charge.
This month we’ve been looking at Old Testament prophesies that were fulfilled by Christ. He is the light in the darkness and the suffering Savior. The Old Testament prophets also spoke of the Messiah as the king who would reign on the throne of David forever. This king would be different from the line of kings that followed King David, many of whom were wicked, foolish leaders. Isaiah prophesied about this Messiah-King:
“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore . . .” (Isaiah 9:7)
This is the wonder of Christmas: the King of all creation humbled Himself to take on flesh, dwell with us, and suffer for His people. Christ’s life, death, and resurrection demonstrated His sovereignty over this world and His sound defeat of His enemies. Now Christ the King is exalted by the Father and seated in glory at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 2:20-21, Philippians 2:8-9).
In Revelation 19:16, we find the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy:
“On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:16)
As we look at the chaos and challenges around us, we don’t have to wonder who’s ultimately in charge. Our good and faithful King, our Savior Jesus Christ, reigns now and forever.
This is one of the wonders of Christmas: the infant about whom we sing “Away in a Manger” is also the Savior about whom we sing, “Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.” As we celebrate, our hope is in the righteous, just, eternal kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
No matter what you face this week, Jesus Christ reigns as the righteous King of kings and Lord of lords. Merry Christmas, friends!Share