Friday, December 27, 2013

Daily Encouragement (12/27/13) "King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords"

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Friday, December 27, 2013

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"King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords"

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. 'Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him'" (Matthew 2:1,2). "Above His head they placed the written charge against Him: 'this is Jesus, the King of the Jews'" (Matthew 27:37). "God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords" (1 Timothy 6:15).

Robert MacGimsey
A popular folk song heard at Christmas is "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" written by Robert MacGimsey as a result of witnessing the crowds of people who saw Christmas as nothing more than a time to drink and party.

It was Christmas Eve in 1932 when he attended a midnight church service in New York City and then headed back to his one-room apartment. As he walked the final blocks, he passed the open doors of private clubs where people were shouting and swearing and singing. Others were so drunk they had passed out on the sidewalk.

MacGimsey was grieved to see the lack of respect and awe toward the birth of the most perfect Person who ever lived on earth. He thought to himself, "We seem to have missed the whole significance of His life." That night he wrote his thoughts on the back of an envelope. These words, which were written like the spirituals he had loved growing up in the southern United States, flowed out of his heart:

Sweet little Jesus Boy,
They made You be born in a manger.
Sweet little Holy Child, they didn't know who You was.
Didn't know You'd come to save us, Lord,
To take our sins away.
Our eyes was blind, we couldn't see,
We didn't know who You was.

Consider the line, "They made You be born in a manger." Certainly this was no place for the King of Heaven to make His entry to planet earth. It's not the royalty or pageantry due a king.

Today let us take a few moments to consider the phrase, "born King of the Jews".  The wise men from the east ask the question in our daily text, "Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

As we shared in yesterday's message little is known about the identity of these wise men (also known as Magi).  These wise men came to Jerusalem to make inquiry about a special birth. King Herod heard about it and was greatly disturbed.  He was threatened by the prospect of another King.  The rest of his response is well known. “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” He feigned interest and sent the wise men to find the child so he might also worship Him (although this was clearly not his motive).

Three wise men
But the wise men's interest was earnest and after their worshipful encounter and offering of gifts to the baby King, they were warned in a dream to depart by another route (not reporting to Herod). Joseph was also directed in a dream to take his little family to Egypt. Herod, furious when the wise men did not report back to him, came down to Bethlehem and we have the record of the horrible carnage from the slaughter of all the infant boys two years old and under.

The wise men's designation "King of the Jews" is not used at all during Christ's ministry again until the period of His trial and crucifixion. It was placed on an inscription above the Cross as a means of mocking Him.

The remainder of the New Testament powerfully asserts that Jesus Christ is not only the King of the Jews but is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The contrasting attitude between these wise men and Herod is representative of the contrasting attitudes of the world, even 2000 years later toward the King of kings. Some will make great effort to worship and bring their very best gifts. Others are furious and will go to any means to silence the King. We hear new stories every year regarding those who want to do away with the nativity displays which would prompt viewers to think of the original Christmas setting. What about you today? What is your response to the birth of the King? The truly wise still seek and worship Him!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer: Father, we worship You, the Lord of lords and King of kings. We travel back in time to that original Christmas when You sent forth Your One and only Son to redeem the world from sin. We are grateful for the amazing sacrifice You made on our behalf as we receive You into our heart, King of kings. May we never have a ho-hum attitude toward the greatest event that ever took place when You came to be our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

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Today's Suggested Music
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"King of Kings "  Video  A powerful reading by S.M. Lockridge

"Sweet Little Jesus BoyVideo  Charles Haugabrooks

Sweet little Jesus boy
They made you be born in a manger
Sweet little holy child
We didn't know who you were
Didn't know you'd come to save us Lord
To take our sins away
Our eyes were blind, we could not see
We didn't know who you were

Long time ago
You were born
Born in a manger Lord
Sweet little Jesus boy
The world treats you mean Lord
Treats me mean too
But that's how things are down here
We don't know who you are

You have told us how
We are trying
Master you have shown us how
Even when you were dying
Just seems like we can't do right
Look how we treated you
But please Sir forgive us Lord
We didn't know it was you

Sweet little Jesus boy
Born a long time ago
Sweet little holy child
We didn't know who you were

"The King Is Coming"  Video  Gaither Vocal Band

"Jesus, King Of Angels"  Video  
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