Long Live the King - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Long Live the King


December 18



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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Oh come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is room for you in me. Thank you for coming to die for me, as Savior and my Loving Lord, Amen!
Love this message.
with this verse I am glad that God had sent Son Jesus Christ to give peace, hope and joy to the world for those have receive him as their Savior and King.
Lord thank you that we can always come to you and know that year there Lord help me to fully trust you
Good News!! Thank you! Lord Jesus, thank You that You are "Immanuel, God with us"! All our hallelujahs and praise belongs to You only! We exalt You King of kings and Lord of lords. May You be glorified in all we do and say. Amen!
Thank You father God for sending your son Jesus to save ( me) us ! In Jesus name I pray! Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Rev. 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
Lord Jesus, I believe You are God; please forgive my unbelief in times past.
I marvel at God's divine interventions in every aspect of life. He came to earth as a baby to be the Savior of the world. I will honor and praise Him forever and ever.
Thank You Jesus
It is the word and this reminds me in everything I am I am his FOREVER and with every breath he gives me I praise him and Trust him with all. He is Emmanuel God with us. AMEN
God bless you all.😇🙏
Thank You so much for these devotionals I look forward to reading them each and every day. They bring me joy and peace and hope in the Lord.God Bless You All 😇🙏
God Heavenly Father ! I want to Thank You ! for giving me as Your Servant ! to Serve You & Your Son Jesus ! And for Being My Only Begoten Father's ! And other God Nor Jesus ! shall come by There ! I also want to Thank My Lord's ! for Giving Me Life , Strength , Health , there Breath Of Air . Cause without any of these Blessings ! From My Savior's ! I would 't have Life ! at all . Happy Birthday Heavenly Father's ! I Love 💕 You & Your Son Jesus Christ ! I ' m Praying ! asking My Father's ' ! to Give Me And My Family & Friends ! There Air To Breath Now And Forever ! Amen .
Tx Pastor Nat....I would like to share a song the Lord gave me a few years ago that is long that line.... Happy Birthday Jesus! JN 12/25 - 2 Cor 8:9 Titus 3:5-7 VERSE Gadd6 D Gadd6 You own the cattle on a thousand hills, Cadd6 D Cadd6 Gadd6 Created for Your pleasure by God’s perfect will VERSE Gadd6 D Gadd6 What can I give You on Your birthday, Cadd6 D Dadd6 D How can I bless You on this special day? CHORUS Gadd6 Em Cadd6 D I give You my heart, I give You my soul, I give You my mind, all of my strength Gadd6 Em Cadd6 D Gadd6 All of my praise, adoration too, with all that I AM, I give myself to You VERSE Gadd6 D Gadd6 I couldn’t conceive of You on high, Cadd6 D Cadd6 Gadd6 So You humbled Yourself, to see me eye to eye VERSE Gadd6 D Gadd6 Unwrap the gift of God’s only Son, Cadd6 D Dadd6 D Present the gift of Your eternal love CHORUS Gadd6 Em Cadd6 D I give You my heart, I give You my soul, I give You my mind, all of my strength Gadd6 Em Cadd6 D Gadd6 All of my praise, adoration too, with all that I AM, I give myself to You Bridge Bm Em Am7 D I celebrate You every day, now & forevermore Bm Em Am7 G For You came down off Your throne, made me Your very own Bm Em Am7 D Born this day you came to earth, to give me a new birth Bm Em FM7 D FM7 D E modulate So I give You all I AM, just as You did for me on that tree on Calvary CHORUS Aadd6 F#m Dadd6 E I give You my heart, I give You my soul, I give You my mind, all of my strength Aadd6 F#m Dadd6 E All of my praise, adoration too, with all that I AM F#m E D E Esus E All that I AM, with all that I AM A D A D A I give myself to You Happy Birthday my Savior!
Amén Glory to God.
Hallelujah, thanks you Jesus!
My kids always sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. I think that’s ok since we are celebrating His birth. I just always try to point out that this was when Jesus was born as a man but that He has existed with God forever. While they can’t fully grasp that now (eternity is hard for adults to grasp, too) I hope their understanding will mature as they grow up. Merry Christmas!!
this one was beautiful one of the best. lord Jesus thank you for coming down to earth to to be the savior of the world to give up your life upon your cross to take away our sins that one day we may be sinless . Amen.
Mildred ! I Thank My Lord Savoir ! For Being Crucified And Shelving His Blood On The Cross For Me As Well As Not Leaving Me Nor Forsaking Me . I The Lord ! For Given Me Mouth To Always Open To Give Him His Praise Him At All Times . I 'm Now 56 Years Old I ' ve Been Worshiping And Praising God ! Sense I Were 9 Years Of Age I Never Missed A Day , An Hour , A Minute , Nor A Second Without Praising ! Unto My Lord Of Savoir ! I 'm Addicted To Worshiping To My Father God & His Son Jesus ! I Do ' t What Happened If I Ever Stop Praising & Praying ! Unto My Father's ! I Thank The Father's For Aways Excepting My Praises & Worship & Payers .
What great reminders! I look forward to your devotionals.
Father God, thank You for Your Son's sacrifice and for allowing us to celebrate His birth. Father , thank You for Your Word and Your faithfulness. Your Son, Jesus, is our Messiah Savior, redeemer,our All and All. Praises, Honor ,Glory to Your name. Thank You Father. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Mildred I want to first give my Praises ! to God ! my Lord Savoir ! & Son Jesus ! Christ Of Mighty ! which I places first in my life as a Savoir Of My Life . I Thank The Father's For Choosing Me To Be A Servant Of There 's To Do All Of There Work And Make Sure That All Of There Deeds Are Done By All Of There Commandments ! On Earth As I Will Do In There Kingdom Of Heaven I Always Asked My Lord Savoir To Give The Days Alone With My Daily Breads . I Were 12 Years Of Age When I First Started Hearing The Lord's Spiritual Voice ! Came Into My Presence Which I Did 't Where The Strange Voice Were Coming From When I Did 't See Anyone With My Eyes . I Told My Mother ! About The Strange Voice That I Heard Called My Name While I Were Sitting On The Living room Floor Doing My School Home My Mother ! Told Me That The Voice Were The Lord's ! Voice Do 't Be Afraid It 's A Gift From God ! That He 's Given To Me . She Also Told Me That Were Born As Gifted Baby ! With Other Spiritual Gifts From God ❤️ . Thanks Heavenly Father's I Love You & Your Son Jesus So Much & I Thank The Of My Savior's ! For Loving Me So Much ❤️
Thank you Jesus for who you are in my life. Thank you for all you have done and all you are going to do.
Amen thanks be to God
Jesus my Lord, thank you for loving me🙏🏻❤️
Glory be to God.. Truth...Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Lord, I need Lord we need you. Amen.
Jesus you are always their for us. You have given up your life for us. You will always come first. I love you so much.
i love my savior and will serve him always.
Jesus came into my life when i was 4 years old and has been with me ever since.
Thank you for sharing these truths about our saviour's coming. I noe have a better understanding and I just love him more.
Thank you for this wonderful truth. While my younger grandchildren think of Christmas as a birthday, these passages will help mature their spiritual understanding regarding Who Jesus is.
Hallelujah, thank you Jesus for coming to the world you made, the people you created to save us from the sin that we do. What a glorious truth of who you are; King of kings, Lord of Lords, almighty God, prince of peace, and our savior. And you choose to live in us who believe in you. All of us who have faith in you are most blessed. Praise your name forever. Jesus Christ the righteous one! Hallelujah!
Thank you Jesus for giving me the Wisdom to realize that Prayer is so Powerful
The Bible teaches that Jesus is the light of the world. This light is present before the foundation of the world, Genesis 1, and ever present with God in the next age, Revelation 21. Praise to you Lord Jesus, our eternal Light and Messiah. Amen...
My lord and saviour. King jesus I humbly await your glorious return
I am blessed to have the clear understanding of Jesus presence,which is eternal
Thank God for giving us another weekend and I thank God for the devotional and thank you pastor Nat may the Almighty God bless everyone Amen
Amen, you deserve all our honor and glory! You are the God, the king and the savior of the world. God bless us all and thank you for this message! Amen!
Amen, thanks for the word.
JESUS is our King of Kings.The bread of life. Also my best friend. Cannot live without him.
A wonderful encouragement.
great talk