Discover the Book - December 15, 2011

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The Two Kings of Christmas: Which is Your King

The story of Christmas came to us from the God of Heaven. He wrote it down in the Scriptures through His Apostles in just 150 verses (30 in Matthew and 120 in Luke; Mark and John have no birth of Christ passages). Only God captured this event and transmits it to us flawlessly—so we get exactly what He wants us to know, and that has a special:

Message of Seven Words

First, have you noticed what is first in God’s story of Christmas? If you look closely, the Christmas Story begins each time it was written in God's Word—with the same seven words. Have you pondered them?

Open with me to the longest account of Christ's birth by Doctor Luke. In his 120 verses, note just 7 of the words of the first verse. The account begins in Luke 1:5.

Luke 1:5“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.”

Now turn to Matthew 2:1, and notice that we find exactly the same words here:

Matthew 2:1“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem”

It is interesting that God describes the whole life of one of the greatest thinkers, builders, and rulers of all time, King Herod, with such a temporary feel: “in the days of Herod the king”. What a sobering perspective.

All of our earthly existence when seen from an eternal perspective, can be reduced to just “our days”.

God's Word says that we live like a flower of the field in our short earthly lives: we spring up, flourish, flower, wither, fade away—and are gone in a matter of days, when seen from God’s perspective!

Christmas is a time for us to soberly reassess all these fleetingly short days of our lives; and to refocus our hearts on the enduring investments God offers us to make; and to remember just what life is really all about.

Next, in the Christmas story we can also see that the Bible presents us with two kings; and there is great insight to be gleaned from seriously considering:

The Contrast of Those Two Kings

Christ's birth was the moment in history when the two most absolutely opposite kings confronted one another for the first time. 

One was the ultimate earthly king named Herod.  He sat that day at the pinnacle of power.  His name was Herod the Great, descendent of Esau (or as the New Testament had it) an Idumean.  Herod lived for Herod. He would soon slaughter the babies of Bethlehem in his desire to exterminate Christ. The theme of his life was: "What will it profit me?"

The other king was baby Jesus.  He was the King of Kings, Creator of the Universe. He was the natural heir to David's throne. He was the supreme King over all the kings of this earth.  But He did not look like a king, wrapped in humble clothing.  He would live to be rejected.

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