Have you ever wondered why a king would leave His throne, become a baby, grow, and live among humans? The King in question is not just the king of a kingdom, or the king of an empire, or the king of a race, but the King of the entire universe, the King of heaven and earth, the King of all kings. He said of Himself in the book of Isaiah 66:1, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” (NIV). What a God He is, full of love so deep that the deepest sea cannot compare or the highest mountain fathom, yet so intimate that it finds root in the heart of everyone that accepts His love.
Humanity constantly rebels against God’s offer of love and seeks moral gratification over His gift of salvation, the world would rather do without Him, and they proclaim liberty outside the grace of His freedom. David asked in the book of Psalms 2:1-2, “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord” (KJV). Yet, His love for man is everlasting and His grace abounds from generation to generation. In His infinite love, He sent His son Jesus as a ransom for us and “being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).
I find myself asking the same question in the book of Hebrews 2:6 “ ….What is mankind that you are mindful of them, or the son of man that you care for him?” God does not have to answer to any man. After all, He created man, but He loves us so much that He gave up His Kingship to experience humanity and ultimately die for us. What a joy it is to be loved by Jesus, forgiven by the blood of Christ, and graced for victory by the Holy Spirit. Knowing Him liberates us from the fear of sin, of hell, and of death. In Him, we are assured of eternity and we carry the banner of righteousness with pride in His grace, marching toward the mark for the price of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
As the Christmas season has just passed and the New Year begins, may we remember that the King we celebrate daily is greater than a baby in a manger, we celebrate the love of the Almighty God, the birth of salvation, and the beauty of God’s unwavering grace. Although, God’s sacrifices are underserving, we wholly accept the grace He graciously extends to us through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.