Remember the Great King this Christmas

Hebrews 10:5-7 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, But a body You have prepared for Me; In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure. “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (In the roll of the book it is written of Me) To do Your will, O God.'”

About 3000 years ago an ex-shepherd boy became a great king. In Psalm 40 {quoted above in Hebrews 10}, this great king makes a promise to be ruled by someone far greater than himself: God. He promises to obey God’s law, which was written down in the scroll of the Old Testament scriptures. David committed to do what God wanted, not because he had to, but because it was his delight to please God.

King David’s intentions were good. Sadly however, he did not deliver on his desire to obey God. Later in his reign this king took another man’s wife for his own and then had her husband killed as he tried to cover his treacherous tracks. In general, King David was a good king, but he couldn’t do what God wanted him to do all the time; anymore than you or I can.

About 2000 years ago a carpenter’s adopted son became the greatest of all Kings. Jesus Christ came into this world in a unique supernatural event. He was born to a virgin woman. He had no human father. God, in the person of the Son, became man, without ever ceasing to be God.

We remember the coming of God’s Only Son at Christmas time. Born, as previously predicted, in King David’s birthplace: Bethlehem. Born to live in perfect obedience to the will of God His Father, amidst a life of temptation, suffering and trouble. Born to be a greater king than his human ancestor David. Born to die a truly innocent man. The Christ of Christmas is the Christ of Easter.

The good news of great joy that the angel announced at the birth of Jesus was not that another flawed king like David had arrived, but that a perfect King, a Saviour, had come into the world. The good news is that God promises to save from death everyone who believes in His Son Jesus Christ.

To believe in Christ is to turn to God and seek his forgiveness for not doing His will and to firmly trust that Jesus Christ has fully paid the price for all that you have done against God’s perfect law. If you are such a person this Christmas, give glory to God in the highest. If you are not, seek the Lord, the Only God-man, the Son of God, the Son of David, the Promised King, the Suffering Servant, the Perfect Sacrifice, the Lamb of God, the Risen Saviour, the Prince of Peace. Come to Christ today while there is yet time!