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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Let Earth Receive Her King!

Lettering by @rach_forsyth

So, Jesus is not like Herod. Or me.

Alleluia!

So what is he like?

This carol is one of my absolute favourites because it so simply states what Christmas is all about: joy. Despite everything our sinful nature tells is, the coming of this King, the Messiah who surpasses us in authority and power and significance, is indescribably good news. His coming in history and his coming in the future are both events that give us immeasurable cause to celebrate.

Because I like to be king in my life, the sound of a coming king can sound- as it did to Herod- like a threat.

But this carol joyfully advises: let earth receive her king! Receive your king! His rule will be a good idea!

So what is the king like? I could write out pretty much every verse in the Bible and it would provide reason to rejoice, but here are some faves:

“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13: 3-5

“Then Jesus called the disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Matthew 15: 32

“And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him saying, ‘Hail! King of the Jews!” Matthew 27: 28-29

And when they came to the place that is called the Skull, there they crucified him… and Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23: 33-34

Let Earth receive her king!

He is a king who uses his glory and power to serve his people; a king of compassion, of mercy; a king whose coronation is with a crown of thorns; who pleads forgiveness for his executors; whose wisdom silences his enemies; whose generosity provides more than 1000 bottles of wine for shamed wedding planners; whose wit comes up with such imagery as “you strain out a gnat to swallow a camel”; who looks after bruised reeds and who makes breakfast on the beach for those who abandoned him in his darkest hour.

Why do we want another king!?

This king coming is a reason for joy! He is a better king than there has ever been- and he is certainly a better king than me! This is a king whose coming gives us reason to sing and celebrate and delight and hope.

Joy to the world; the Lord is come:
Let earth receive her King!

If you are not yet encouraged, watch this, and rejoice that this is your King.

Or join Whitney for a party... 

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