The last few weeks have been mental as anything.
In fact, this whole year has been FULL. ON.
… and for the first time ever, I feel as though I am sprinting towards the finish line as 2017 comes to a close.
There have been enormous blessings this year, but there have also been lower valleys than I’ve ever experienced before too.
And right now, I’m moving, and work is hectic, and then there’s Christmas and the fact I’ve decided to make at least like… a third of the presents I’m gifting (Whhhhhhyyyyy…?)
But this season, this Christmas season, is something that despite the manic pace of my life right now, still takes my breath away.
I was jamming the other day to Owl City, which is not a hugely uncommon thing for me to do. What’s ideal is that since it is officially ‘Christmas’ I am able to listen to all the Owl City Christmas Carols without feeling just a little bit weird.
So I was parking up my car and the final verse of ‘Light of Christmas’ (a song Owl City did with Toby Mac for something to do with Vege-Tales) came on.
‘Do you hear the sound?
A thousand angels are singing out
To God Almighty we’re bowing down
And that’s what Christmas is all about’
I love this picture. The world, quiet, and in the state of the fall, suddenly splits open with the glory of all heaven, and angels begin to sing and herald the wonderful arrival of our saviour. That the whole world stopped, and changed because of a little baby born in a manger.
Do you know what I love most about Christmas?
It is a time of the year where we are made aware that not only is Jesus our Saviour, he is also our KING.
I love this, because YES, I need a saviour, not only for the big battles I’ve faced this year, but for my intrinsic sinful nature that impacts my day to day life. But I also need a King.
When we remember Jesus is King, it speaks of a different Kingdom. It speaks of a rebellion against all that is evil and wicked in the world.
When we remember that Jesus I King, it speaks of a battle, a war against all that is evil in this world, all that rises against us, and seeks to bring us harm.
When we remember that Jesus is King, it speaks of rescue. The wonderful truth that we have been ransomed from the clutches of Darkness and into the Kingdom of God.
That this Kingdom and our wonderful, just and perfect King in Christ, will reign forever in eternity.
When we remember Jesus is King, it reminds us that everything we face now, and everything we will face in our time on this earth until we are received to Glory, is a blip in the light of eternity.
I’m not sure about you, but I need that reminder this year.
N.T Wright authored this amazing book, which I highly recommend called ‘How God Became King,’ which essentially suggests that in the splitting up and categorizing the Gospels into stories and lessons and what is very representative of ‘Moral Influence’ atonement theory, we have lost the true majesty of the Gospel.
That the Gospels aren’t just ‘do unto others’ and ‘love your neighbour’ and ‘blessed are the peacemakers…’ they are the story of how God became King of his creation again.
How even though we had rebelled and were broken, and covered in the inky mess that is the sin that corrupted this world, God came himself, humble, in a manger, to live as man and win us back from that.
How awesome is that?
How awesome is it when you stop and listen to the words of those carols we sing again and again:
‘Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King!’
Isaiah 9:6 an Old Testament Prophecy regarding Christ says:
‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’
I think sometimes, when we have messy years, or messy days, or we just feel inundated of the STUFF that fills our lives, we can lose track of the grandeur of the reality we live in.
That Jesus has come, humble, and he saved us. But he is not only Saviour, he is also our King, and our lives are different because of him and who he is, and the transformative and wonderful power that is his infinite love for us.
I want to encourage you today, in your mess or in your charge to the end of the year, or even in your mountain-top-I’m-on-top-of-the-world-moment, to remember the core truth of Christmas.
To think upon Jesus as King, and allow this truth to define everything, especially as you enter 2018.