Posted by: arieliondotcom | December 22, 2013

Expecting a King (Matthew 1-2, Luke 2)

Expecting a King (Matthew 1-2, Luke 2)

What are you expecting in the future? What are you expecting after death? Or, a better way to put it might be: WHO are you expecting in the future? WHO are you expecting after death?

Even Christians sometimes think that “do not worry about tomorrow” is the same as not preparing for tomorrow. But that’s not true. In fact, Jesus tells us several times to count the cost and prepare before something happens. Christmas is all about preparing and expecting.

As you read or hear this, you are preparing for, or expecting, company. You are preparing for Christmas day and expecting how people will react to your presence and presents or gifts.

We read in Luke and Matthew how God is preparing Joseph and Mary for the arrival of Jesus. Most of us have the story memorized of how they prepared for Jesus, the baby born in a manger. We may even know enough to tell how he was King of Kings yet born in a barn.

But are you expecting Jesus? Are you expecting a king in your life? Because the Christmas story is really about you expecting a king.

We will all meet King Jesus. It won’t be the sentimental meeting of a baby in a barn. Either it will be the realization of our need of Him as Savior which sends us crashing to our knees in repentance in this life or it will be the horror of condemnation by King Jesus at Judgment after this life is done.

You can’t plan for it but you can prepare for it. Planning means you have details that we don’t have but you can prepare without details.

Look at the preparations that went on before the birth of King Jesus. Matthew points out that King Jesus was expected since at least the time of King David who was promised a descendent Who would reign forever. But that even that promise was the fulfillment of an expectation planted in Abraham’s heart for the King of the Promise.

Joseph and Mary were told to expect their child to also be their Savior, and their GOD. The three wise men from the East didn’t appear out of nowhere. They’d prepared two years earlier when their journey began in order to worship the GOD born King of the Jews. And the chief priests reminded Herod that GOD had told His people generations ago to expect their Messiah King to be born in Bethlehem.

Luke explains that even the civil authorities had been influenced for the arrival of King Jesus. Tax laws required people to go to the place of their birth to pay taxes. This is what put in motion having Joseph, rightful king of Israel, a descendent of David, go back to Bethlehem, city of David, with Mary.

Angels told shepherds in the field to expect their Savior, Messiah and King born in a stable. Simeon had been expecting for years to see his King Messiah before he died and did. And Anna had spent most of her life expecting the blessing that only came when she was a very old woman, but came as expected.

Are we expecting to meet King JESUS?
We should, because we will. How differently would we live expecting a king? How differently would we meet the death that brings us into His Presence? How much of your life would you offer and possessions would you expect to give to the King of Kings and LORD of Lords? And how much more when He saves you from certain pain and death?

Like the wise men and others, we may not know where the circumstances we face today will lead us tomorrow. But every word, action and event is meant to lead us to expect King Jesus. We can prepare by letting His Life be born in us today and live as His complete servants in gratitude. Or we can expect terrible consequences as a result of not expecting and preparing for judgment after death.

May this Christmas find us expecting King Jesus with joy and loving Him in gratitude until He comes or until we go to Him. Because He is the ultimate Christmas gift, and Christmas means “Christ is sent.” Let us expect to meet Him gladly.

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