As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, let us anticipate the coming of King Jesus. The Patriarchs longed for their promised Messiah King.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ “For thus says the Lord: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.” (Jeremiah 33:14–18, ESV)
Yet when their King came to Israel they did not recognize him. His gentleness and humility was unexpected… unwelcomed even.
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ “ (Matthew 21:1–5, ESV)
In our day the Gospel of the King makes its way throughout the world. Yet the world’s rulers are imperfect. Injustice is seen in our nation as well as throughout the world. Peace escapes us as mankind clamors for power and wealth. People are gorging themselves on their passions and possessions. Things are not as God intended them to be.
But there is coming a day, a day we should anticipate with great joy, a day when Jesus returns and makes the whole world His kingdom.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15, ESV)
I encourage you to pause this Christmas season, turn away from the noise and clamor, and meditate on the day when Jesus will rule in complete righteousness and peace.
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.