Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 15 (Revelation 5:5)

“Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered….”  (ESV)

Jesus is without a doubt a lamb.  Scripture says so.  He is the Lamb of God sacrificed on behalf of our sins.  Make no mistake, though, this lamb is also a lion, and as a lion, He is a conqueror.

There is a reason there are more songs, more plays, more movies, more books, more poems, more physical items created for the celebration of Christmas than for any other time of the year.  It is a celebration to honor the birth of a conquering king.  Unlike other kings, who may have conquered a fellow king for the sake of enlarging territory, Christ the King has conquered death itself in the most cosmic and mystical of battles.  He did it for the sake of His people and showers them with the greatest spoil of war, life itself.

What does your King want of you?  How does He desire you to celebrate Him?  Is it with the activities on your daily agenda?  Christmas is not a cultural holiday, whose rites and observances are dictated by tradition.  It is the celebration of your King.

O Lord, my God and King, how do You want me to celebrate the birth of the conquering Lion of Judah?  It is so easy for me to get caught up in practices without truly thinking about them.  Show me how to honor You.  In the name of Christ Jesus, the Lion and the Lamb, amen.

Copyright © 2013 by Steven R. Perkins

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