Our third week of Advent celebrations at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued with much pomp and circumstance, as we ushered in a new king–King Austin.
Fashionably styled by his preschool peers, King Austin marched through throngs of commoners, accompanied by majestic music and declarations. Like kings on this earth for the last thousand years, the following was declared about our new “King Austin.”
Hear ye, hear ye! The king of the empire is born!
He will be mighty and brave! He will be caring and just!
His power will be vaster than the seas!
His reign will be long and triumphant!
He will be remembered in all generations!
He will help our lands flourish!
Then Chris Yates Jarvis contrasted our “King Austin” (and every other earthly king) with the truth of King Jesus!
This king can’t save us: He’ll die like a regular man–he has no power beyond this life. BUT JESUS conquered death: He reigns for all eternity–His power literally knows NO END!
This king won’t know you: He will be surrounded by an inner circle and the media and, at times, blinded by fear. BUT JESUS watched you as you were knit together as a baby. He knows your heart, and he knows your soul. His Spirit lives inside of you and will never leave you because He fears nothing!
This king’s power is limited: He can’t create peace across all peoples, he can’t undo wrongs, he can’t redeem the broken, he can’t put evil at bay, he’ll fail and sin, and he offers no lasting hope for any of you. BUT JESUS is the only solution to a restless, homeless heart. He will be your rest; He has conquered evil. He has won to redeem you as a substitute for the darkness in your heart; He is your full hope.
JESUS has come! The world has been waiting; the earth has been groaning for his peace and salvation! HE IS HERE! He is here–as a tiny, feeble, exposed little baby.
As we looked at the humble circumstances of Jesus’ birth, we were cautioned to focus on Jesus this Christmas season, so all the stress and worries of the holiday hustle and bustle don’t crowd out the celebration of God’s becoming man!