Arthur pulls the sword from the stone as the people recognize the
A Christmas Meditation
There's a recurring theme - both in
scripture and in literature where the king, for various reasons, winds
up incognito among the people. But even then the king cannot long be
hidden. But being incognito for a time is of course a great setup for a
dramatic revelation of the king to the people - (though sometimes the
revelation is so subtle it goes over the head of the people as in John
6.29-30). But often the revelation is made when the king does something
that only a king can, thus revealing his true identity. This is doubly
true for the King of Creation - who did many things only the Creator and
thus only the rightful king could do.
But since the king came incognito and
is hard for some to see, many religions claim a false king. And atheists
claim there is no king. But Christianity makes a unique claim. It claims
the Creator, the King entered his creation, though for a time he was
incognito. Not all religions claim that the God who created
every created thing himself entered into that creation and interacted
with it. Such a creator, the true King of all creation cannot be mistaken
for those seeking him.
So for this Christmas meditation we're going to
meditate on how difficult or easy it would be to identify the king, the creator,
were he to enter into his creation. For those really interested, the
true king is not hard to identify.
Revelations of the King
There are number of such depictions of
the revelation or recognition of the king in art. One is above -
captured in stained glass - the moment Arthur pulls the sword from the
stone and is recognized by the people as the King. There are also Hollywood depictions,
one being in the
movie "The Adventures of Robin Hood" depicted below. King Richard the
rightful king has been off fighting in the crusades and returns to find
his brother the wicked John attempting to steal the throne. He returns
incognito, and is found posing as merely a stranger in a strange land by
Robin and his men. When Robin learns the king has returned and is in
danger from the murderous, usurping brother of the king he immediately
orders a search for the king in order that he be found and protected.
King Richard observes Robin in this and notes
with admiration the loyalty and zeal of Robin and his men as he does the
appropriate thing and does the big reveal: removes his black garments that hide the royal tunic
and emblems and reveals himself as the king - and acknowledges he is
already in good hands.
The Revelation of King Richard to Robin and
(The Adventures of Robin Hood)
That is of course the flashy Hollywood way of
making the revelation, but often times, it is not that flashy, but it
can be just as dramatic. Here's another similar moment for you Lord of
the Rings fans: think of the council of Elrond during "The Fellowship
of the Ring", where Legolas, a prince himself, reveals that Strider,
the mysterious Ranger is none other than Aragon, son of Arathorn, an
heir of Isildor the king and thus the rightful heir to throne of Gondor.
(Note the shock on Boromir's face when he learns that his father - the
"Stewart" of Gondor is sitting on the throne of the true and living king
standing there before him. But I digress.)
To return to point, in fact often times, the revelation of the king
comes with no
glamour or glitter at all. Consider the revelation of the risen Christ
to Thomas behind closed doors - so no glitz, no glamour, no big crowds -
just the other apostles. (Thomas had missed the first revelation to the
apostles (John 20.24). When Jesus returns (apparently just for Thomas),
at the moment Thomas sees the wounds in his hands and sides, he
recognizes it is in fact the risen Jesus, who must therefore also be the
risen King (or Lord) and thus he proclaims:
"Thomas said to him, "My Lord
and my God!"
The Revelation of the risen Jesus to
Thomas - The Bible Episode 10 "Courage"
So as I noted above, the recognition
of/revelation of the King is a recurring theme in literature and
scripture. The fact that the person in charge like a king is easily identified
(with or without a big "reveal" scene) was again impressed on me
when I watched the latest of the "FBI" crime dramas spin-offs for the first time. I came
in the middle of the episode, in the middle of the season. I didn't know
who any of the characters were. But within a couple of minutes, I knew
who was in charge. He was the one giving orders, who people came to ask
clearance to do things, who spoke to other authorities as if he himself had the
authority to make decisions for his group on behalf of the agency. I saw
no insignia, no badge, heard no title, and saw no corner office. But the
leader of the group was as clear as if he was sitting in the oval office
of the White house with a sign on his desk "The Buck stops here."
When you consider the extraordinary life of
Jesus, unless you're intentionally trying to deny the truth (as atheists
do), you can't help but conclude that identifying who he is is likewise
just as easy. Because all the signs, all the indications
that royalty was on earth incognito, were there. Let's review a few of
The Revelation of the Royal Announcement
There are many
revelations of the King in scripture. So many I hardly know where to
begin. I could, for example, start with the many predictions of his
coming (Gen 49.10, Mic 5.2, Is 7.14, 9.6-7) etc. But let me jump in at
his arrival. As is appropriate for any dignitary, his arrival was
announced formally by an official from the place he was from:
An angel of the Lord appeared to
them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news
of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of
David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
and lying in a manger."
The Shepherds who received the
announcement may have doubted their eyes from the message of a single
angel, which is perhaps one reason the Lord allowed allowed a large
number of the heavenly angels to appear at that time and give glory at
Suddenly a great company of the
heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and
on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
We could stop right here and declare
all other claims imposters, thieves and robbers. For this sign of the
King cannot be missed - if you're looking.
Was the birth of Muhammad,
Buddha, Zoroaster or any cult leader or religious leader thuse foretold in
scripture, and then announced by a company of heavenly angels? No. We can
conclude right here that that Jesus is of course the long awaited king.
But we'll continue.
Revelations in the Heavens
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem
in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to
Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the
Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
How did wise men in the east know the
King was coming? And how did they know the king of the universe was the
King of the Jews? I cover these questions in a previous meditation:
Star of Bethelehem - Divine Preparation for the Incarnation. Let
me suffice it here to say no other religious leader - not Muhammad, not
anyone but Jesus, had their birth foretold in the stars, in a manner
that was recognized by Wisemen who rode to meet him. Once again - the
signs of the King cannot be missed.
Recognized from Birth
Some claim that Jesus just arranged
events so it would appear his life fulfilled them. How do you arrange
the stars in the heaven to point to your birth? How do you arrange for
prophets to greet you at the time of your birth - before you can
even form such a thought? Consider Simeon (Luke 2.25-35) and (Anna Luke
2.36-38). They were there to greet the King at his birth - because it
was revealed to them from the beginning that the King was arriving.
Where are the prophets who greeted the
Baby Muhammad at his birth? There were none, because according to the
word of the Lord, Jesus is the last one God sent (Matt 21.37) Muhammad is a nobody, who will be considered "least in
the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt 5.19) (meaning he won't be there).
Revelations of the
King of Creation
The clearest picture we have that Jesus
is the King, the creator is the revelation of the life he lived. When you own a car, you
act like you own it. You take it where you want. You repair it as
necessary. You allow it to be used by others - if that is your will. To
your car, you're the king. To all creation, Jesus is the king.
Consider the life of Jesus. Throughout
his life, he clearly
acts like he is the Creator and thus the king. If you didn't know he
were the Creator, you would be justified in concluding he is because he
acted like the Creator - and had the miracles accompanying his signs to
- Jesus banishes illness wherever he goes
(Matt 8.16, 12.15) - appropriate that the Creator would restore his
creation - including people back to health - wherever he went.
- He demonstrates the miracle of
creation - creating bread and fish - a miracle so spectacular it is one
of the few recorded by all gospel writers.
(Matt 14.13-21, Mark
6.30-44, Luke 9.10-17, John 6.1-14) (Don't let commentators who
talk of "multiplying" the fish and loaves distract you. If a man and
wife "multiply" themselves to a family of four, how do they do it? By
creating children. Talk of "multiplication" in my view misses the
point of creation.)
- He commands nature - seas, storms (Matt
4.39), trees (Mark 11.21)
- He commands illness to depart at a distance (Matt
- Jesus is Lord of life and banishes death
at will (Luke 7.12 - 15, John 11.25-26, 39-44 ) (Not to mention himself
rising from dead (Matt 28.6) a claim literally no one else in the world
- He commands the fish of the sea (Luke
5.5-10; John 21.6)
- He changes the nature of his creation
at will: (water to wine (John 2.6-10), walking on water (John 6.19))
- He was knowledge only God has (John
1.47-51) and wisdom that cannot be refuted.
- He departed as the Creator (he ascended
in to heaven Acts 1.9-11).
When Considered in Totality
When you consider the totality of his
life, the picture is crystal clear:
- The arrival of Jesus was announced
like a King
- He was greeted as a King on the
night of his arrival, and for some time after
- As an adult, He commanded all the
subjects of his kingdom (both animate an inanimate) as a king would
- with total authority. And he rightfully expected to be obeyed -
and was obeyed.
- He conquered death, and yet gave
himself up that others might live. (1 Pe 3.18)
- And when his mission was
completed, he ascended into heaven and sat down on the right hand of
God (Mark 16.19)
The evidence is clear. Just as I didn't
need someone to say "I'm in charge here" to recognize who was in charge
in the FBI show, for those who are looking for evidence that Jesus is King
and Creator, there is overwhelming evidence. And I'm speaking of evidence beyond
his proclamations that he is in fact the messiah. (John 4.25-26; Mark
14.61-62, John 10.24-25) Jesus' identity is beyond dispute. If anyone cannot see
it, it is because:
The god of this age has blinded the
minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the
gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Cor 4.4
This is a very serious thing, for as
another prophet says:
"...my people are destroyed from
lack of knowledge."
Many atheists who proclaim themselves
wise will find themselves sufficing with the rich man (Luke 16.19-31) in
torment in hell because they, like him were too proud to
acknowledge the coming of the King, though the signs are abundant and
Worse, the alphabet soup of today's
"isms" is leading many young people astray. From violent Marxists,
to sneaky-as-serpents LGBTQ whisperers whispering their lies into the
ears and hearts of the young, to CRT fabrications;
many youth have been and are even now being led astray. It will
be bad for the young led astray, but worse for those leading them
astray. Jesus said:
But if anyone causes one of these
little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to
have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the
depths of the sea. "Woe to the world because of the things that
cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man
through whom they come!
Take heed to the warning. The King has
come. And he is coming again to take home his own as he promised. (John
14.2-3) Don't be left behind. The revelations are clear. Stop listening to the
lies of people who are binding themselves to hell, and look at Jesus'
life. He obviously is the Creator. He is clearly the King. Recognize that,
and save your eternal soul from the torment the rich man found himself
in. Save yourself by confessing Jesus as King and Savior, and following him all the
days of your life.
And in that new life, celebrate the revelation of the
King to the world in the baby in a manger in Bethlehem.