Long Live the King
Read Micah 5:2
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.
What does the prophet Micah reveal about the coming Messiah?
A misconception that I’ve heard from both children and adults is that Jesus was brought into existence by God at Christmas time. While it is true that we celebrate Jesus’s birth at Christmas, Micah reminds us that Jesus existed long before that storied night in Bethlehem. Micah says His “coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
Jesus is both the Son of God and Son of Man. As Son of God, Jesus has always been. He is eternal—a person of the Triune God.
The Gospel of John records this in the opening verses, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (1-2). John also recorded Jesus’s own words about Himself in John 17:5 when Jesus was praying: “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” Yes, Jesus is God.
And yet, Jesus was also a man. John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us…” And this is what we celebrate at Christmas. The incarnation. As the hymnist, Stuart Townend wrote, “Fullness of God in helpless babe.” God sent His Son as a baby to grow into the man who would become our Messiah.
Micah’s prophecy also revealed that Jesus is King. The Magi understood this and presented Him with gifts fit for a king. The Roman soldiers mocked Him as “King of the Jews.” In John 18:36, Pilate asked Jesus about His claim to be King, and Jesus responded, “My kingdom is not of this world…”.
Jesus is King but not just of the Jews. Philippians 2:10 tells us, “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.”. As you celebrate Jesus this Christmas season, remember that precious little baby is Your Eternal King. And His kingdom will have no end.
Jesus, You are my God and my King. Thank You for giving up Your throne to come to earth as a baby to be the Savior of the world. You deserve all of my glory, honor, and praise. Forever and ever. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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