Isa 9:1-7 KJV
Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. (2) The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (3) Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. (4) For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. (5) For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. (6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Jesus fulfills these verses in Matthew 4:13-16 and essentially declares Himself this King by the words He uses.
Mat 4:13-17 KJV
And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: (14) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, (15) The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; (16) The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
A Child was born. A Son is given. He has proven to all of us that He is this Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. His nation, the Kingdom of Heaven, has increased over all the world. Even in Alaska, 6000 miles from the place where the nation of Christ began, citizens meet to worship their King. Jesus and His Kingdom is the Stone made without hands that smote the image and became a mountain that filled the whole earth. (Daniel 2:34) It is the mustard seed, that, although it started very lowly and small, became a large tree where birds could roost. (Luke 13:19)
This is the Gospel! This is the Good News! Jesus declared it Himself when He began to preach, ” Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He is essentially declaring the beginning of His glorious Kingdom.
A King is born! A righteous King! The Old Testament is filled with prophecies of this Righteous King and His Kingdom that will last forever. This is the hope that lingered in the hearts of the Jewish people. Someday a King will arise and reign forever. A King like David and after the order of Melchizedek. One that would restore a righteous Nation and rule with equity and justice.
He did arise and He is reigning but most that were hoping in the promise missed Him because He was not as they thought a King should be.
Note the references of His Kingship in the often quoted Christmas story.
Luk 1:30-33 KJV And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luk 2:8-12 KJV And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
A note on the word translated as “Christ”. Most think of this as just part of Jesus’ name but according to Christopher Gorton in his book The Problem with Christ, the word “Christ” should be translated as “King”.
Mat 2:1-11 KJV Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, (2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (4) And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. (5) And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, (6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. (7) Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. (8) And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. (9) When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. (10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. (11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
It is obvious that Jesus is born a King.
This is not a new thought. We sing of Jesus as King, our Christmas cards reference Him as King; we often hear mention of Him as King and Lord.
But is He your King?
Who is Jesus to you?
Is He a cute and snugly little baby in the manger?
It is easy to worship and adore an image like that.
Is He a form of Santa Claus to you? He came to earth, died , and rose again to give you what you want?
It is easy to worship and adore an image like that.
For millions of professing Christians around the world these are the images of worship. I call them images because they are not the truth of Who Jesus is and what He came to accomplish.
Jesus came a King. He established a kingdom that will never fall and is perfectly righteous and just.
Do you believe in Jesus? Many, many millions answer “yes” right with you including even the demons. (James 2:19) They believe in Jesus as a person of history or of a story in the Bible. Many believe in Jesus to give them their ticket to Heaven, but…
Do you believe in King Jesus?
Is He your King? This goes beyond words. Most professing Christians will declare Him King but rule their own lives and just pay Him a little homage occasionally. This is not how a kingdom works. To become part of a kingdom one must pledge total allegiance to the King. All of his possessions, his family, and his own life are surrendered to the King to do with as He desires.
I tremble for the masses of professing Christians who will be horrified to realize that Jesus is much more than a cute baby or a Santa Claus. He is a King, but they were duped into thinking that He is just a Gift to make them happy and unafraid. He is a Gift from God, and He does bring joy and erase fear; but only to those who will forsake all and align their allegiance with Him as their King.
Rev 19:11-16 KJV And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. (14) And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (15) And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Behold King Jesus!