2: Born A King
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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Who is the King of kings? Join Martha as she discovers in the scriptures Jesus as John met Him on Patmos: King!
On the back of a swaying donkey, the little virgin mother rode the rock-strewn paths over mountain and desert to the city of David where her child would be born…outcast. Outside the inn. Outside the city. Without the normal comforts of any common birth, and…with no recognition of His identity except what God by His invasion, announced to shepherds.
But King He was, announced to Mary by Gabriel’s luminous presence.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name HIM JESUS. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.
Luke 1:31-33 NASB
A King, she bore in holy awe.
A secret King born to rule no earthly turf but all the Kingdoms of all the World and all the kings of all those kingdoms. He was King and the only Monarch ever born. King from birth by sovereign right of His Father’s Throne.
But kings are not born in stables and carried on the backs of donkeys. Kings are served and feared…powerful and wealthy! This King of All Other Kings – born in obscurity, living in poverty. A King like no other. Gentle, mild, vulnerable. Peaceful Lamb-King. Meek by nature, vulnerable by choice, riding the donkey of our independence to His cross of massacre.
Kings of the East traveled far to visit Him – taught by Daniel long years before that this King would be King of All and worthy to be worshiped. Daniel saw the King – “one like the Son of Man” – reigning in His Awesome Majesty on the Throne “ablaze with fire” and he was filled with dread before the sight.
Daniel kept alive the vigil for that King’s birth and left it as his legacy to the foreign land of the East. In the place of his torment, and of cruel heathen kings, Daniel saw the distant future and the Dominion of the Real King. Down some 500 years to the Star’s appearance, the story passed and Magi had waited.
And when they (the Magi) saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
Matthew 2:10 NASB
Great exuberance! Their joy, the sign of their esteem for the Baby King. A regard shared by no one else. All others went their normal way, not sensing the universe’s shift. The Magi knew a King had been born and paid dearly to see Him. Earthly kings, willing to honor another King – higher than themselves – invested in His future with their treasures, and fell down in worship of the Child (Matthew 2:11).
They were not deterred that a common stable welcomed such a King, but bowed in homage before the Lowly Child, first to name Him King of the Jews, while Herod seethed with kingly murder. A stark contrast between kings…
The shepherds had a visitation of angels, the glory of the good news. “There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). But no mention of a King. The Gentiles know the King of the Jews before the Jews know their own King. Only Mary and the Magi had heard that grand announcement…not merely Savior but a coming King! One to reign…not as selfish dictator, not as cruel despot…but as Prince of Peace.
A king unlike any other—Perfect in Holiness, Just in Knowledge. Sole and Only Son of the Creator but who took His place among us, sealing His right to rule us by His lowly walk…with us.
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