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Do You See A Child Or A King?


This message by Connie Giordano (Walking in Truth Ministry) couldn’t have arrived in my mailbox at a better time. Within the comments under the post below (“…being a Christian, I know, while Jesus promoted charity at the highest level, he was not self-destructive”) Cathy questioned the term, the baby Jesus, as applied by Bill O’Reilly in one of his recent columns.

Is this how we should see Jesus today…as a ‘babe (still) in a manger’?

Connie’s message asks the question,

Do You See A Child Or A King?

“He Who is the Bread of Life began His ministry hungering. He Who is the Water of Life ended his ministry thirsty. Christ hungered as man, yet fed the multitudes as God. He was weary, yet He is our rest. He prayed, yet He hears prayers. He was sold for 30 pieces of silver, yet He redeems sinners. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd. He died, and by dying destroyed death.” – UNKNOWN

The greatly beloved Christmas Carol – entitled “What Child Is This?” – offers us some wonderful insight about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It begins with the question of the title – “What Child is this, Who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping…..” It then goes on to admonish every one of us alike – “So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh–come rich and poor, to own Him…”

Why should we bring this Child “incense, gold, and myrrh”? Why should “rich and poor” “come” “to own Him”?

“What Child Is This” after all?

The answer is found in the next line – “…the King of kings salvation brings–let loving hearts enthrone Him.”

The entire world at this time is asking the question – “What Child Is This?” And the response of the redeemed – those who have received His Great Gift of Salvation and enthroned Him as King of kings in their “loving hearts” – is – “This, this is Christ the King…”

For those whose hearts have not been changed by being “Born Again,” their vision of God is still limited to a Baby in a Manger. But, for those of us whose eyes have been opened, we see Him not as a Babe, but – as He actually is – the King of all kings Who brings salvation to all mankind.

“What Child is This?” What makes Him so different from any other Child?

It is the Churches’ duty and obligation to be “instant in season and out” by responding with – “This, this is Christ the King…” And because He is “Christ the King” – the One Who “salvation brings” – hearts of one and all are obligated to “enthrone Him.”

Many do not want to see Him as being more than a “Baby in a Manger.” They are intimidated by the concept of Him being the “King of kings” for they know that they then have to respond to Him and “own Him.” They “buck” at that idea for they are not ready and willing to lay down their sinful lifestyles in order to do so. Consequently, they keep Him as an obscure Babe in a Manger in their mentality.

A Babe doesn’t require much, but a King does…especially One Who happens to be the King of Kings.

4 comments on “Do You See A Child Or A King?

  1. ‘They are intimidated by the concept of Him being the “King of kings” for they know that they then have to respond to Him and “own Him.”’

    I’m not so sure about that. More like “they have to respond to Him and allow Him to own them”. The baby Jesus is a useful tool. One can “bring him out” when its convenient. Jesus the King, on the other hand, has this penchant for appearing at the most inconvenient of times. That is why His mere existence is widely denied. That is why Christmas is a major holiday and Easter (how I hate that term) isn’t. Even in churches, Resurrection Day has often been crowded out by fixation on eggs, bunny’s and assorted other irrelevant themes. True, one can say the same thing about Christmas, with Santa and all, but at least the baby Jesus is allowed a peripheral existence. No so with Easter, wherein the resurrected Christ is anathema in the secular world and a distraction in much of the Christian community.

    • George i think she was was using the term, to ‘own’ as it was once used to designate when something or someone ‘owns’ someone, that someone was overpowered by the other…

  2. There was a movie, a comedy, some years back where the characters prayed to ” sweet baby Jesus.” I have a friend that had thought on it for awhile. His conclusion was essentially along the same line of thought. People are far more comfortable with a baby to whome they are not held accountable to his authority.
    The birth of Jesus as a baby is, among other things, about his humility and humbleness…but that does at all detract from His Authority, rather it strengthens it.

  3. Stephen Sizer, in his review of the newest film based upon C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia) made some comments which fit in nicely here;

    quote…

    So begins The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. At face value it is a beautiful children’s story about a sea voyage. But Lewis intends us, young and old, to view it as a parable about life. More especially about discovering the purpose in life. And along the way, understanding the insidious power of evil, learning to resist temptation, and realising that rescue can only come from another realm. The realm of Aslan. Remember the first time you entered the world of Narnia? And came under the mesmerising spell of the evil White Witch who makes it “Always winter, never Christmas”… But the redemption of Narnia and the end of the White Witch’s reign has been prophesied and the arrival of “sons of Adam and daughters of Eve”, is a sign that the coming of Aslan as the rightful King is near. Clearly Aslan is a picture of the Lord Jesus.

    How do you feel about Jesus portrayed as a lion? Jesus is actually described as a lion in the first and the last books of the Bible. In Genesis, is this prophecy.

    “You’re a lion’s cub, Judah, my son. Look at him, crouched like a lion, king of beasts; who dares mess with him? The sceptre shall not leave Judah; he’ll keep a firm grip on the command staff; Until the ultimate ruler comes and the nations obey him.” (Genesis 49: 9-10)

    And in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John, is told, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.” (Revelation 5:5)

    What do you see in the manger? You may have never looked at Jesus that way before. We like our religion safe, predictable and tamed.

    ‘..he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King.”

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