That’s My King
by Impact Church
2Cor8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.
To the earthly wise, the manger that held the Christ-child was an inappropriate accouterment and incompatible to the finery of royalty. For if He were to be King and the Jews’ Messiah, then no barnyard could be the place of His birth. And a carpenter family in the little town of Bethlehem could never bring what the prophets said would be a Counselor, Prince of Peace, and the One whose shoulder the government would eternally rest.
But leave it to the wisdom of God to be glorified through small things and elements the world despises. For He revels in things men abhor and uses things men detest. And He dethrones things we enthrone and shatters things we painstakingly construct. So that the merits of eternal good are not lauded to mortals, but to One who forever transcends them.
There is no premise truer than that God is faithful to His Word. And should flesh attempt to obtain credit where His Word is at work, He ensures the origin and integrity of His work remains intact by allowing debilitating conditions to surface. And if that be true, nothing is truer in the unobtrusive introduction of His Son. Birthed apart from the trappings of nobility, honor and respect, His ministry must bypass the conventional protocol of kingdom building in order to establish one that must never cease!
Be assured. He did. And how He came to us, is as important as who He was, and what He did.
Donning the clothes of a servant and reminding us that He came not to be served but to serve (even to be a ransom for all), He lived and worked among the broken, the diseased, the unrighteous, the sinner, and the outcasts of both society and religion. Confessing that foxes have holes and birds have nests, yet He had no place to lay His head, He lived free from any obligation to a society built on class, status and name-dropping.
When perceiving that those He’d fed miraculously would make Him King, He fled from worldly positions to the mountains for true power through prayer. Whether washing the disciples’ feet or refusing to retaliate against detractors, He epitomized humility and compassion (the virtues kings demand of others but are glaringly absent themselves!). And though having power to bring angelic legions to free Himself from certain death, He obeyed His Father’s will and allowed the unthinkable to occur. Simply stated: if He’s a king and the Son of God as He confesses, He sure doesn’t function the way we thought kings should function. But if there’s no comparison to the Father’s glory, then the means whereby that glory is obtained must also have no precedent.
Mortals fluctuate between abundance and lack, between being loved and being despised, and between health and issues we’d rather not talk about. But it’s God’s prerogative to see that no flesh ever be an equal to His worthiness and sovereign ability. Thus having salvation’s eternal treasure now in the confines of our fleshly bodies, it follows that the container it inhabits be not credited, but rather made expendable, for its divine illumination and expression.
So, Merry Christmas! And what a Christ we have! And what a pattern He’s left us!
The consolation then to those who find themselves as sinners, derelicts and destitute, is that the manger remains open to those who identify with such. For if the Father would subject His Son to the pits of fallen humanity and raise Him to eternal glory, then any of us could be subject to His divine exaltation by a new birth through faith in Him!
A few topical reflections on the purpose of humble beginnings:
- Maybe it’s best we devalue the flashiness found merely in doing good deeds and elevate more the motivation inspiring them.
- And maybe we’re wiser to give less approbation to names and titles and more to the divine nature of consistent character and genuine compassion.
- And, I suppose we’re more godlike when success is not measured by houses, checkbooks, cars or portfolios, but rather when those indicators are totally eclipsed by the spirit of giving.
- And certainly we’re more spiritual when we honor those who submit to our Father’s will, more than idolizing those who boast in the accomplishment of temporal ambitions.