The Kings of Christmas
Peace on earth and good will towards men. All creation waits for the coming Savior! Silent nights. Holy nights. Starry skies. Heavenly peace. Shadowy figures in a stable and one brings forth the Messiah. While shepherds worship and angels herald from the heavens, three kings seek the newborn king. But were there only three kings of Christmas? Who were the kings of Christmas?
The 5 Kings of Christmas.
“13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” … 16.Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent out and killed all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding countryside, from two years old and under, according to the exact time which he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled”
One wicked evil king of Christmas. Plotting, scheming, deceiving. The poster child for how not to use your God-given power and influence. Jealous and suspicious. Everything Jesus isn’t. Herod plots to take the life of the One who came to give His life as a ransom for many. Innocent children slaughtered for an earthly kingdom not kept. How different Herod’s legacy could have been if he had decided to worship God instead of himself.
The Three Kings
Three wise kings from the Orient are searching, watching, following.
“behold, wise men†from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.”.” Matt 2: 1b-2
That’s what wise men do—seek Jesus. They look for signs with eyes and hearts wide open. They spend their lives and fortunes striving, searching, looking. And when they find Him, they worship. Wise men and women still seek the One who came to seek and save the lost.
The King of Kings
Emmanuel; God is with us. Sacrificing, redeeming, restoring.
“For a child is born to us. A son is given to us; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 9:6
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law, 5 that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as children. Galatians 4:4-5
He has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” ” Revelation 19:16
Our King has come! He rescues and redeems. He covers our sins and heals our wounds. Greater than our darkness, His light shines like the star in the east and beckons all to come. Worship at the manger and find peace at the cross. The King of Kings.
Behold your King:
He rules over our sin. He shreds our doubts. He ransoms our debt. He fulfills our every need. He is stronger than our deepest fear. He is greater than our guilt. He is King over everything. Forever and ever and ever and ever.
Jesus, the King of Kings, the King of Christmas
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