Sunday, December 9, 2012

Advent: Day 8

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Throughout this past week we have been looking at the story of Redemption. We started in the beginning with creation, the Fall, and the first promise of Redemption in Ge. 3:15. Then, we looked at how God prophesied that His Messiah would be a prophet, God with us, and a righteous Judge. Today, we will see that He is also our King, the King God promised to David that would rule on an everlasting throne:
7 "Now, therefore, thus shall you say to my servant David, "Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel... 11 When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, 14 but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.'" (1 Chr. 17:7, 11-14)
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." (Lk. 1:26-33)
This King, however, is unlike any king this world has ever known. In fact, He is so different that the Magi (the Wise Men) almost missed Him. They went looking in Herod's castle, expecting to find an earthly king. Jesus' Kingship, however, goes beyond any earthly king in two important ways. Let's ready what Paul says about Him in Col. 1:9-17:
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
This is obviously a theologically dense passage, but in it Paul shows us that Jesus the Universal King (vv. 15-17) and our Personal King (vv. 9-14). His universal Kingship is absolute, you can't not be under it. He is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, so everything in it is in Him, through Him, and for Him. His personal Kingship, however, is over those whom God has "qualified" (the good news of the gospel) through the work of redemption that He accomplished.

Advent reminds us that the Universal King became poor, was born in a stable, so that He could accomplish redemption and forgiveness of sins and bring those who repent and believe under His personal Kingship. You won't find this kind of king in a castle. He is ruling and upholding the universe, and He lives in the hearts of His people through the Holy Spirit.

By His Grace,

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