The King is Coming!

Your king is coming to you. He does what is right, and he saves. He is gentle and riding on a donkey, on the colt of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the horses from Jerusalem. The bows used in war will be broken. The king will talk to the nations about peace. His kingdom will go from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.

–Zechariah 9:9-10

We now are in the Season of Advent. Advent of what?  Toys, a new Iphone, a new car, Christmas trees, wreaths, lights, decorations, parties, get-togethers, hunting. Do those things define Christmas? Sadly, for many of us, yes.

With so many things consuming our time (and attention), there is little time to consider what it all is leading to. When we get to Dec. 24, how do we define the day? The arrival of… Santa Claus? That is what we tell our children.

When the clock turns to Christmas Day, do we gather to worship God and celebrate the birth of His Son Jesus; or do we unwrap presents, drink coffee, egg nog and Mimosa’s, assemble toy fire trucks and bicycles, and encourage the children to go outside and play with their toys? Is there a ball game on TV that we can watch, or a blockbuster movie playing at the local theater? We enjoy being together with friends and family, but do we give thanks to God for that?

Consider, for a moment, that it is Advent. Advent of the birth of Jesus, who suffered and died on a cross for the redemption of our sins. The King is coming, without Christmas trees, without wreaths, without toys and without Iphones or even Santa Claus. To celebrate His arrival, all we need is to worship Him: To praise Him and thank Him for His gift of redemption.

The King is coming! Crown Him with many crowns! God bless us everyone.

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