King Above All Kings: Dec. 14
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Matthew 2:1-12
When the wise men arrived in Jerusalem asking about the birth of the king, Matthew reports that Herod and all Jerusalem with him were troubled.
And well they should be.
The kings of this earth—including Herod—have only a temporary lease on power in this age. And wicked kings like Herod have great reason to fear the coming of the righteous and holy King of all kings—He who will bring to justice all those who oppress the weak and lowly and who reject His rightful authority.
In contrast, the great men from the east came eager to show their respect and to honor the newly born sovereign. In their gifts, there is a real anticipation of the end of all the ages. The riches and glory of this earth will be surrendered to the firstborn of all creation, the King of every king and Lord of every lord. All worship and honor will be provided to Him, and every knee of the great and lowly alike will bow before Him. In that simple moment, when the rich gifts were laid down before Him, there is a snapshot of history, and an invitation for our hearts.
Let us come and worship. O Come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. The theme of heaven’s praises and the glory of our hearts. Let not our hearts be troubled, but let them be transfixed in loving, reverent praise.