The story of Christmas is ultimately a story of a King. Before He was born as a baby in Bethlehem, it was prophesied that Jesus would one day have an unconquerable Kingdom. By David, the Lord prophesied, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain” (Psalm 2:6). Through His birth, death, life, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus proved that He is the One who deserves worship, adoration, and devotion from all of humanity. It is right and just for all kings on the earth, and every living being, to give Him praise, obedience, and respect (Philippians 2:10-11). When you celebrate Christmas, be on guard against only having a cute, cuddly, and convenient view of Jesus. Make sure you regard Him as a King!
The intricate design of the universe is witness that there is a maker of all things. There is a level of sophistication within the creative order that demands the presence of a Master Designer. Sir Isaac Newton, who is credited with contributing to the formation of calculus, once said that the human thumb contained enough evidence for the presence of a Creator! Indeed, all of nature bears a living testimony to the presence of a living God! The Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). When we consider creation, it is important to consider Jesus’ role in the matter. Scripture teaches that He was instrumental in creation (Colossians 1:16-18). Without Jesus, the world would have never existed! At Christmas, remember this — the story of Jesus is much more than a sleepy story of an untimely nativity. It is a glorious epoch that tells how the King of all of Creation came to reveal Himself to all of humanity!
If there is a God who is powerful enough and wise enough to establish the universe, it seems illogical that He would create it without a purpose. The Bible gives us the reason for our existence. It teaches that we are alive to know God and to enjoy Him forever (Genesis 1:26-27 and Revelation 21:1-4). God made man and woman because He wants a relationship with them. He proved His desire for companionship with humanity by sending His Son to live on the earth. Scripture says, “But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). As you celebrate Christmas with family and friends, pause in the midst of the lights, food, presents, decorations and festivities to remember the meaning of the manger — God Himself wants a forever relationship with you!
Confess Him as King
In order to experience the real reason for the season, you can’t just think about it, nor can you simply pay lip service to Jesus. The Bible says that you must “confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’” (Romans 10:9). If your recognize Jesus as King and believe in your heart that He was the Son of God who lived and died for your sins, you will be saved from your sins and the death they deserve. Don’t be one who never acknowledges Jesus’ Lordship. Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “My empire has passed away. I founded it upon the sword, and it is gone. Jesus Christ established an empire upon love, and it will last forever.” This Christmas, confess Jesus as King and let His love come into your life!
Dr. Patrick Latham