We Celebrate the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

December 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM 3 comments

by Fred DeRuvo

Jesus has always been God, the Eternal Son. His incarnation simply united Him physically with humanity.

Jesus has always been God, the Eternal Son. His incarnation united Him with humanity.

Today is December 25th. It’s the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Oh, we’re quite aware of the fact that Jesus was not born on December 25th, but most likely sometime in the Springtime. This is the date, however, that has been earmarked to spend some time contemplating and giving thanks for the fact that God the Son agreed to be born into humanity and as the Son, be given on behalf of the Father (cf. Isaiah 9:6).

Jesus’ birth into humanity shows that He is God and Man.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

The incarnation of Jesus Christ is the full basis for the hope the Christian has for all eternity. In Him, we have the hope of salvation and of eternal life. This hope though is not something that may or may not happen. The Bible uses the word “hope” in a completely different way from the way it is used today. This hope is a surety, though we cannot see it now, except through the eyes of faith.

Romans 15:13 states, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Again, hope here is something unseen, but experienced. It is a deposit placed within us by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Because we have this hope, we have the guarantee of eternal life.

Notice that because of what Jesus Christ has accomplished on our behalf, for those who have seen the truth about Him and embraced that truth, we have hope that fills us with all joy and peace because we believe. This joy is not happiness, which is based on things outside of ourselves and come and go. This joy comes from within, like Living Waters. We can have joy in knowing our Savior loves us and upholds us in spite of painful circumstances that we might be going through in our life. We can have joy in the face of sickness and even death.

We also have peace. Yes, we have peace with God because the wall that has separated us from Him has been removed, due to the fact that Jesus paid the price for our sin so that we would not have to (and couldn’t). We have that peace, positionally.

But we also have peace that actually is unexplainable. It passes all of our ability to understand it. Paul essentially said this to the Philippian readers. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:7).

This peace is experiential. In other words, when we pray to Him, when we cast our cares on Him, when we bring our circumstances to Him in order for Him to direct us, in exchange for our trust in Him, He grants us an awareness of peace within us. This is the type of peace that allows us to literally sit down on the inside. We may not necessarily know what direction God has chosen to lead us, but we are at peace with His ability to lead us. In essence, we place our lives in His very capable hands.

Sometimes, this takes a season of prayer before we are truly ready and able to let go of something that holds us. Other times, it can happen in a relatively short time of prayer. It depends upon our faith. It depends upon our understanding of God and His Word. It depends upon our ability to abandon our own wants/desires, in exchange for His. This is exactly what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to being turned over to the Romans, ultimately, to be executed via crucifixion.

Jesus came into this world to fulfill the law by living a life without sin. He succeeded. He came into this world to offer Himself as a sacrifice so that the justice of God would be satisfied, while His wrath would not have to be poured out on humanity. Those who reject this truth will – unfortunately – have His wrath poured out on them eternally. Will they stop sinning after they die? No, they will continue to sin forever and ever and because of it, God’s wrath will never cease. Does God want to do that? Of course not, but too many people think they know best.

The incarnation is Jesus being born into humanity as a human being, yet retaining all of His deity. If anything proves His absolute love for His Creation, the incarnation does.

Today, we celebrate His birth. However, every day should celebrate His birth, life, death, and resurrection. In essence, though we set this particular day aside to celebrate His birth, His incarnation, we should spend every day shouting it from the roof tops.

Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, now and forevermore!

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3 Comments

  • 1. Terry Farrell  |  December 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    dmpatton I once thought like you about the Trinity, it seemed illogical to me but when I came to faith in Jesus Christ I began to realise that He is God, the second person of the Trinity. I know that the word Trinity is not found in Scripture but it is implied everywhere throughout the Bible. We don’t have to understand it (just like electricity or the depth of space) we believe it by faith, not blind faith. God is one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word says,God is Love. He always has been, before time. Love must have a subject (to love). Love cannot exist alone. Since God has always existed (another thing we accept by faith) the subject/object of His rescriprical love with the other members of the Trinity. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the word was God. Jn. 1:1. May you come to know Him, whom to know is eternal life.

  • 2. dkpatton@frontier.com  |  December 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    This is a idea that I can not wrap my head around, Jesus is the Son of God, NOT God? How can God have said this is my Son, when Jesus was baptized by John, if Jesus is God? For God send his only begotten Son? I can’t believe that people keep wanting to combine God, Jesus and Holy Spirit into ONE deity? It just isn’t so I’m afraid!

    • 3. modres  |  December 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article and for sharing your opinion.


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