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Monday, December 12, 2011

12/13/11- Advent Day 17 The Christ Prophesied to be a King

12/13- Day 17- Light the first 3 candles (the third is the pink/joy candle).
 The Messiah shall be a King- Psalm 2:6; Jeremiah 23:5; Matthew 27:37

6"Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion." (Psalm 2:6)

5 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. (Jeremiah 23:5)

37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Mt. 27:37)

(Christ the King stained glass at Melkite Church in Rosalinde Massachusetts).

Thoughts: The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks “How is Christ a king?” the answer is 1) in subduing us to himself, 2) in ruling and defending us; 3) in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.  The prophets forecast that He a righteous and just king will one day rule and do what is right- in contrast to the evil rulers.  Jesus’ said that he was a king (Mt. 27:11), but his kingdom was not of this world (Jn. 18:36).   Jesus’ kingdom is not ruled with tanks and guns but rules over the hearts of people.  In the American Revolution the Presbyterians had a saying, “We have no king but Jesus.”  The ultimate authority for what is right or wrong is His.  When we rebel against Him and His way we are doing nothing but hurting ourselves for He made us.

Prayer: Lord, keep me from rebelling against you.  Help me to listen and serve you as my King.

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