Who Is He?
“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty One, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” - Isaiah 9:6
“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of the great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah, for the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns.’” - Revelation 19:16
Who is this Jesus Christ that we believe in? Is he The King or was he just a great man? Was he a gentle pacifist similar to Gandhi, Wilberforce or Martin Luther King, Jr., or was He the Risen One, the King of Kings? Is Jesus Christ an outdated, ineffective monarch; one who reigns but does not rule?
Matthew 2:1-2 states; “About that time some wise men from the eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem asking; “Where is he, the newborn King of the Jews?”
Is Jesus the God of the Bible, or is he the invention of humans? Is Christ actually the King the Magi were seeking, or just a “good guy” presenting a losing message to an indifferent and fallen world? Is he the Savior for the sins of the world, or is he just a perfect example of the gospel of social justice?
Perhaps like me, you never really knew what the gospel was; perhaps you never met the King of Kings. Well here’s some Good News - we are coming into the Advent season. Advent means the arrival or the coming of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace: Jesus Christ. From today forward, you will be reading and learning about Christ the King. “You will have a son and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. He will reign over Israel forever, his kingdom will never end.” - Luke 1:31-33. This is the promise and purpose of Christmas and beyond.
“For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Jesus is saying He came to show the way, and the path to God, which is through Him alone.
“What is truth?” was that famous question that Pilate asked. How would you answer that question today? If we don’t know what truth is, how will that impact your witness and your message? The answer is that the message will be blurred and obscured.
Theologian Francis Schaeffer used to stress the notion of understanding and embracing “true truth.” Today there is a false notion of truth being subject to one’s own experience. Truth is not so much a single idea but a given narrative that differs with each person. This idea of individual and personal truth taking precedence over The Truth is a prevailing idea today. Cogently speaking, competing truths that all claim to be true but conclude different things cannot all be correct. Jesus Christ was the “true truth” as declared in John 14:6, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
How can you know the King of Kings? Ask the Holy Spirit to make the truth of the gospel real to your mind and heart. Jesus Christ, the new born King of Christmas is reconciling the world to God. Will you step up and follow? The King offers you a peace, purpose, protection and provision; the very things the world seeks but doesn’t deliver.
During this Advent season, we prepare your hearts for Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? Do you want to know Him more? Then be ready to learn, worship and embrace Him as the King of Kings!
Glory Be to the New Born King!