Christ our King
As we explore the true meaning of Christmas through the eyes of Matthew, we learn that His birth concerns: He will save His people from their sins-Jesus; He is God with us- Immanuel; and now we see He is King of the Jews- The Christ (Matthew 2:1-4ff).
The title Christ means anointed one, anointed of God to be King of the Jews and of all creation. The Hebrew translation is Messiah, “the promised Malkha Meshicha_ the theocratic “King Messiah_ presented to us, and the fulfillment of the prophecy, ‘Behold, I will raise unto David a Righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth,’ from David Baron’s commentary, “Zachariah.” He goes on to say, “For the same reason also the genealogy in this Gospel traces back Christ’s earthly descent only as far as Abraham, for the aim of the Evangelist is to unfold the thesis laid down in the 1st verse, which is in itself a summary and fulfillment of all the Messianic hope of the Old Testament: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
Translation, at Christmas we celebrate the birth of God’s promised HOPE, the King Messiah, as the fulfillment of the hundreds of prophesies given by God that prepared the way for Jesus, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, to prove mathematically by a billion to one that Jesus is The Christ, the Anointed One of God, the Savior of the human race…He is God with us, our only hope of salvation. So, become like the magi, the wise men from the East, seek Him and when you have found Him, fall down and worship Him. Give Him your best gifts and the meaning of Christmas will come alive in your heart and soul!
We celebrate the birth of the KING of kings. Just as we saw recently in England, when their future king was born, the nation went wild with happiness and praise, so we can exalt Jesus with complete abandonment of doubt and reservation. The KING has come. We are saved. Sin and Death are defeated. We are restored and resurrected to a new life in the Spirit. We have a destiny, a future, and an inheritance that can never be taken from us. In Him, our “soul finds its worth.”
Jesus confirms this for us when Pilate asked Him, “Are You the king of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” The Gospel writer leaves no doubt, Jesus is KING. His entire message has been unfolding for the Jews to read, Jesus is their promised King. Even above His head on the cross, Pilate had mockingly placed the title, King of the Jews. As this KING came to serve us, let us serve the KING with all devotion, loyalty, and love. Let us proclaim and live that He is KING of our lives. What joy and peace this KING brings. We owe Him everything. So, in this season of Christmas we again discover the HOPE and Promise of God, the reason we live and why He came, to be our KING.