The Christmas Story pg.4

Soon coming King.

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, little you are among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth the One to be Ruler in Israel, and whose going forth are from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2) 

“Oh, little town of Bethlehem ….” We sing about His birth and envision the manger but seldom a King. Soft and cuddly, innocent and sweet create an image that is incomplete. The Ancient of Days was to be Israel’s King. From the time of Samuel and Saul the Jews have clambered for one. “Give us a King to judge us.” (1 Samuel 8:6)

Toward the end of Christ’s short life Pilate said to Him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, ‘You say I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37)

We have a fondness for remembering and memorializing those special events, and for us Christmas was our beginning. Without Christ’s birth there would not have been an adequate sacrifice for the sins of the world. We could not be born again. Now that we are we get to hear the voice of the King.