Thursday, December 25, 2008

A King for Christmas

The angel's message to Mary was interesting. He said nothing about salvation as we think of it.

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end" (Luke 1:30-33).
The angel did not talk about Jesus dying on the cross. He talked about him reigning as a king, in a kingdom that will never end. We got a King for Christmas, but we are not sure about what do with him. We like to keep him in the manger where he is safe, and we are not challenged.


Gene Redlin said...

Amen Ron,

I wish the babe in the manger theology would go away. But, we have it. So, we do what we can.

He comes as King of Kings.

That's not an image the world is comfortable with.

Neal Wilson said...

Yes, it is important to hold the redemption/salvation message in the framework of the Kingdom message.