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December 3, 2019

Birth of a New King Foretold

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” (Micah 5:2)

As we enter into the Christmas season, it’s important to remind ourselves that this is a time for celebrating the birth of a new King. Yes, “Christ our Savior” is born,  but we often overlook the historical hope behind what it meant for Jesus to be the Christ, our King.

God created the world with a desire to rule over it working in and through wise and obedient human beings. Humanity however, chose to reject this role and desired to rule over the world in their own power with their own passions. This unleashed corruption and chaos into God’s good creation, but through the chaos God’s plan and purpose remained resolute. Moving  His plan forward, God chose one family who would help rescue and establish his Kingdom over the world.

Tragically, as it tends to be with humanity, this family also failed to fulfill its role, and so the hope of rescue and restoration of the world seemed to be lost. Though we fail, His plans never do. God had made a promise to one day raise up a new human who would rescue, restore and faithfully exercise God’s rule over the entire world. God promised a coming king (Christ) who would be born in the city of Bethlehem.

This is the historical hope and meaning of Christmas. Christmas is about celebrating the baby from Bethlehem who came to rescue, restore and rule over the world as God’s new wise and obedient King. Jesus is the Christ of Israel, the King of the world and the hope for humanity.

Question: How can you better celebrate Jesus as King this Christmas?

Challenge: Take time to read and meditate on Psalm 72.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, may you be honored through the way that we celebrate the Christmas season. Please forgive us for overlooking what this season is all about.

Terry Evans, Chapel Leader -- Atlanta Braves

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