One day in January we, as a nation, celebrate an important man. This man symbolizes freedom, peace, and justice in our world. He stood for what is right in the midst of everything wrong. He went against the natural flow of status-quo. The nation as a whole promotes selfish inquiry which comes across as evil. Think of Hitler’s selfish craving to rid the world of Jews. Why? He didn’t like them. Nations choosing to terrorize others because they are different and they don’t like their ways.
Jesus came to Earth 2,000 years ago and went against the natural order. He challenged the philosophers and teachers of the day. He stood up for what is right resulting in His assassination. This world doesn’t like those who oppose the natural order of evil. This world is evil. Isaiah 13:11 states, “I (God) will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless”.
Jesus came to show us a different way, the way we can survive with joy in the midst of evil. Everyone was told about His coming as a King. “Magi from the east asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews'” (Matthew 2:2)? God’s idea was completely different than what anyone thought. God proves that He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the wise. When this baby grew up, instead of being a King to take over the world, He was killed. “And they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. ‘Hail, king of the Jews!'” (Matthew 27:29).
The story doesn’t end there. My Loving King is coming back one final time as King to rescue His people. “The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter'” (Revelation 19:14-15). Let’s celebrate the King’s coming every day. We don’t know when so always be prepared.