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5th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Crown

December 4, 2009

DECEMBER 5: Isaiah 32:1

See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice (NIV)

This verse is one of many in the Old Testament promising God’s people a king. The kingship of the Messiah was the predominate characteristic the Jewish people thought of in looking forward to their promised Savior.

Earlier in his book (9:7), the prophet Isaiah described a king who would “reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” These prophecies describe the Messiah as a king who would rule with justice and would do what is right. The Jewish people had not always experienced that with their kings. Herod, the Rome-appointed king at the time of Jesus’ birth, certainly was not a king that people thought of as a righteous and just ruler.

When Jesus was born, the wise men saw a star in the sky that told them of the birth of a great king. They traveled to Bethlehem, where they worshiped Jesus and gave Him gifts. One of these gifts was gold, a gift given only to kings. They believed that the baby they saw was a new king.

During Jesus’ life on earth, He claimed to be the king the Jewish people had been waiting for. When He was tried by Pilate, He told Pilate that He was a king (see Matthew 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 22:3; John 18:37). Yet the only crown that Jesus ever wore was the crown of thorns the soldiers put on him to mock Him. If Jesus never wore a real crown or ruled on a throne while He lived on earth, why do we believe that He was the promised king? Jesus explained this Himself when He told Pilate (John 18:36), “My kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus rules a heavenly kingdom. One day everyone in the whole world will bow down to Him.

Jesus wants to be king of our lives. If we really love Him and know Him, we should worship Him and allow Him to rule in our lives.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.

He rules the earth with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Thank God for sending Jesus Christ to be your king and ruler of this earth and your life.

Ask God to make you a faithful and loyal subject to King Jesus each day.

Loving God, we give thanks for the birth of your son Jesus Christ, both in human form in Bethlehem and in spiritual form in our hearts. May he reign as king within every human heart, so that every town and village can live according to his joyful law of love.

Thomas Münzer (1490-1525)