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Today is the fourth Sunday of advent, a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. Advent helps us prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas. (The word “advent” comes from the Latin word that means “coming.”)

For hundreds of years, Christians have used an Advent wreath to inspire their hopes for the coming of Christ. By lighting candles and reading Bible verses, we are reminded about the meaning of Christ's birth and become more excited about his coming in the past, in the future, and in our own lives. And so today we continue with our series on “a time for celebration” focusing on Jesus Christ: the king of the world.

A king is someone who has authority to rule and reign over a group of people. Jesus is just such a King. He is called the King of the Jews by the Magi (Matt2:2), and Jesus accepts that title in Matt.27:11 "Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, 'Are You the King of the Jews?' And Jesus said to him, 'It is as you say.'” Matt. 21:5 speaks of Jesus and says, "Behold your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey." Remember, Jesus is King in that He rules and judges. "And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war," (Rev.19:11). The armies follow Him (Rev.19:14).

The phrase, "Kingdom of God,"occurs 66 times in the bible, most of them in the synoptic Gospels. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel," (Mark 1:14). Jesus taught us to pray, "Your Kingdom come . . .” (Matt 6:10). Is there a kingdom of God without a King? No. Jesus is that king: “'Are You the King of the Jews?' And Jesus said to him, 'It is as you say,'" (Matt27:11). The last two Sundays we've been focusing on Jesus Christ the Prophet and also the Priest. Now does it mean his three offices (the prophet, priest and the king) diminish His deity? No, they do not. Jesus is still fully divine and human even now (Col.2:9) and presently holds the

three offices mentioned above.

It is simply a manifestation of the work of the person of Christ who is Prophet, Priest, and King. By the way, God is called the King in Psalm 95:3, "For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods." So, if it does not diminish God's deity to be called a king, then it does not diminish or deny Christ's deity by calling Him a King--or, for that matter, a Prophet and a Priest. Jesus must be enthroned as King over our lives. We must invite Him and allow Him to reign over our mind, will, emotions, spirit and all we are and have when the King is here, He bears all rights, and we lose all our rights. We must therefore totally surrender ourselves to Him. And so as we celebrate the birth of our Lord the King Jesus, the Pastoral Team would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas full of blessings.

 

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