“As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill… Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
(Psalms 2:6, 12 ESV)
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
(Romans 8:31 ESV)
As we approach Christmas, it is easy to forget that Christ was born as our King to rule over us and guard us from our enemies. The King of glory was born a child and yet still the King of kings. He came into our sin and misery in order to make us more than conquerors in Him. Christ was born to deliver us from the kingdom of darkness into the marvelous light of His Kingdom. But as we contemplate Christ as our King it is good for us to remember the context into which He came. His coming into this world was in the likeness of sinful flesh to taste our sorrows and misery. He was born, not into a cute world but a corrupt one. Crises and darkness marked the world. But our King came valiantly into such a world in order to deliver us out of it. It is especially Christ’s role as King in His work as our Mediator that brings us great comfort and joy as we read of massacres and fiscal cliffs and all sorts of dangers and difficulties in this world. Are things out of control? Are we really safe and secure? As always, John Calvin provides wonderful pastoral care and wisdom as we live in unstable and uncertain times. In his “Institutes of the Christian Religion”, Calvin gives solace in this world knowing that Christ is sovereignly reigning as God’s King over us and over all…
“God surely promises here that through the hand of his Son he will be the eternal protector and defender of his church… Whenever we hear of Christ as armed with eternal power, let us remember that the perpetuity of the church is secure in this protection. Hence, amid the violent agitation with which it is continually troubled, amid the grievous and frightful storms that threaten it with unnumbered calamities, it still remains safe.” (2.15.3)
“Thus it is that we may patiently pass through this life with its misery, hunger, cold, contempt, reproaches, and other troubles — content with this one thing: that our King will never leave us destitute, but will provide for our needs until, our warfare ended, we are called to triumph. Such is the nature of his rule, that he shares with us all that he has received from the Father. Now he arms and equips us with his power, adorns us with his beauty and magnificence, enriches us with his wealth. These benefits, then, give us the most fruitful occasion to glory, and also provide us with confidence to struggle fearlessly against the devil, sin, and death. Finally, clothed in his righteousness, we can valiantly rise above all the world’s reproaches; and just as he himself freely lavishes his gifts upon us, so may we, in return, bring forth fruit to his glory.” (2.15.4)
Take comfort and press on. Christ is still King! Our lives and times are ever in His sovereign, almighty, and everlasting arms. O, let us continue to adore Him and trust Him who loves us and has promised that nothing will separate us from the love of God in Him.