Many times I leave Jesus in that manger. I think of Jesus as a kind and loving Lord and He is, BUT he is also a mighty King. I think of Him as a God who is up in heaven answering prayers and sending hope and encouragement down and again He is. Many times I leave Him there. Many times I don't see him as a King who demands justice. A King whose presence will cause every knee to bow.
One word that I really hate is the word: tolerant. In our culture we are taught to be tolerant of other religions. We are told things like, "Jesus may be your God but He is not mine and that is ok," or "that might be your truth but it is not my truth," and I kind of buy into that thinking a little bit or at least I have become desensitised to it. Because of this I never see God as a demanding God or even a commanding God. I trivialize God because while He is the king of my heart I very rarely remember He is the King of the world.
When tragedy hits I have a tendency to wonder where God is. I do not understand the devastation so I can buy into the idea that God just stood back with His arms crossed. The thing I was reminded of this past Sunday is that I have a God who demands justice. I have a God who is Mighty. Who is a warrior. My God is not just my King but He is the King of every nation. When he returns every knee will bow. Let me say that again, every knee will bow no matter what god you were serving or what truth you were believing.
David had such a grasp on this in the Psalms:
Psalm 18:7-13 :
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
Herod tried to have Jesus killed because He was a threat to his power. Jesus was a big threat to Herod's power because He is the King. Our pastor posed a question that I have been thinking over and now I pose it to you,
"The question is not is Jesus your Lord but are you his subject?"
Do I see Jesus as more than just the King of my heart? Do I recognize Him as king of every nation and man?