King of Kings & Lord of Lords
refrain from Handel’s Messiah came into my mind as I was thinking about
what to write for the December magazine.
are drawn from the book of Revelation where John glimpses the glory of
Christ’s return – the one who is faithful and true on a white horse -
“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings
and lord of lords.” (Rev 19:16)
Earlier in chapter 17 we read – “They
will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them
because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his
called, chosen and faithful followers.”
The baby born at Bethlehem in such humble surroundings was one who was
destined to be King - forever. The wise men that came from the east had
seen the signs in the stars and they came to Jerusalem asking: ‘Where
is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star
when it rose and have come to worship him.’ (Matt 2:2).
As we enter this period of festivities and excesses it is vital that we
strip back all the trappings and focus on the one at the heart of it all
- God’s precious Son, Jesus, who came as Saviour of the world (it’s all
in the name!). This weak and vulnerable child would grow to become God’s
sacrificial lamb who would display his glory not elevated on a throne of
gold but lifted high on a cross of wood.
This season should be all about celebrating his birth.
It is sobering to reflect on the poverty of his arrival and that he soon
became a refugee in Egypt, thus identifying with so many in our world
today who are in desperate situations. The Christmas message is for all,
as Ebenezer Scrooge eventually discovered in Dickens’s A Christmas
Carol. The Gospel is good news of great joy for all people,
especially the likes of Bob Cratchit and his family. The coming of Jesus
changes things for everyone, just as the prophets had foretold (e.g.
We are still surrounded by brokenness and pain and it is hard to see the
reality of God’s Kingdom and the hope and peace that Jesus promised it
would bring. As we follow his ways and live out the life of Jesus today
we are those that bring glimpses of this new world that we will one day
enjoy to the full, sharing in his triumph.
Christmas marks the first coming but it is only Part One of the great
drama which will come to fruition in God’s time. Jesus will come again
and everything will be transformed. John saw this in his great vision:
‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of
his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.’ (Rev
Jesus seemed like an ordinary baby – just another pawn in the hands of
the powers of Israel and of Rome. But he was slowly revealed to be God’s
living Word in human flesh. Flesh that was butchered on a cross but
would rise from death to offer new hope and new life to all who would
believe and follow him. Charles Wesley catches the wonder of it all in
his famous carol: “Light and life to all he brings, risen with
healing in his wings.”
Will you come and worship him; lay it all down before him? Not just for
a day or two in December, but for a life-time and even eternity!
Have a great time of celebrating the coming of the King of Kings.
With love and best wishes