“And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).
At this time of year, many stop to consider the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The picture of the Son of God– God the Son, in fact– as a relatively helpless infant is quite touching. To consider that the Son of God experienced the same stages of physical growth as we have really brings the reality of the Incarnation home.
Nevertheless, many put great emphasis on the birth of Jesus, yet even in His birth, His purpose and plan are foreseen by Gabriel. We can only imagine what Mary can see when she is told about her Son– King of Israel, sitting on David’s throne. It presents so much hope and promise.
God’s plan, however, involves future suffering in order to accomplish this glorification. Jesus was born so as to die as the Lamb of God (cf. John 1:29). Jesus was born to be raised again in power (1 Corinthians 15).
Indeed, Jesus was born to be a King, but not like any other king who has ever been or ever will be. While it is good to recognize that Jesus was born to Mary in a manger, we must never forget that we have life through His death and victory through His resurrection, and that Jesus is our King (Matthew 28:18, Romans 5:6-11, 1 Corinthians 15). Let us stand firm in His Kingdom and proclaim His Word!
Ethan R. Longhenry