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Advent Meditation

Meditation on the First Week of Advent:

A Promised King

Dr. Larry Lucas

 

When many people think of Jesus Christ they garner a mental image of the humble itinerant teacher: Jesus, the meek and mild. Jesus, with his message of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus, who said, “judge not, lest you be judged.” This Jesus is largely acceptable to a culture that puts greater value on its autonomy and independence from God, but also wants to be regarded as religiously “nice.” Unfortunately, this is a very narrow slice of how Jesus the Messiah is described in Scripture and to reduce him to these two statements actually misrepresents him.

Jesus is indeed the revered ethical and moral teacher that many admire. However, he is far more than that. He is teacher, prophet, priest, judge and king. He is the promised Messiah who would redeem lost mankind and reconcile them to the heavenly Father from whom they were estranged. This season of Advent reminds us that Jesus is also the prophesied and promised eschatological King who will rule in righteousness at the end of the age -- forever. He is the greater son of King David who was himself the most memorable and honored king of Israel. David’s promised descendant is far, far greater. He is no mere mortal king providing titular headship to a nation but who is ultimately vulnerable. He is a ruler grounded in the model of the kings and rulers of the Ancient Near East.

The model of the Ancient Near East is that of an absolute ruler with the power of life and death. In many models these pagan kings owned the land on behalf of their deities. The citizens on behalf of such a king managed the various aspects of agriculture, commerce, trades, military, wealth, etc. on his behalf. His word was absolute. In many cases their ambitions and appetites were capricious, capacious, and that of a perceived demigod. If such a king was mindful of his subjects and his stewardship the people benefited. If this king was self-focused their lives could be that of misery. Many of these kings of the Ancient Near East viewed themselves as shepherds of their people, but make no mistake about it: the lives and welfare of the citizens were firmly in the hands of the king. This power was absolute.

In your minds include a scenario to include a King over all the known kings and rulers of the earth. This is the biblical description of Jesus the Messiah. He is called, “. . . the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15). He is designated, “. . . the Ruler of the kings on earth” (Revelation 1:5). He is said to be, “. . . one who is to rule all the nations” (Revelation 12:5). In the prenatal prophecy concerning Jesus the Messiah it is noted, “. . . of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:33). The half-brother of Jesus, Jude, in his little letter referred to Christ as δεσπότης (despot, master): someone exercising "unrestricted power and absolute domination, confessing no limitations or restraints" (R. Trench, 96).

There is a spiritual aspect of his Kingdom, to be sure. Jesus referenced this when he said, “. . . seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). This is now, not future. How does one do this? By believing in Jesus the Messiah who died for your sins and who offers forgiveness and restoration to God: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It really is that simple. Faith. Believe. But the King has promised to return and set up his Kingdom on earth. This is not yet -- but shall be. But it is sure. It is coming. How do we get on the right side of that issue? The faith in Christ that makes you a child of God is the guarantee. You do nothing. You believe.

It is said of the King who was promised and is returning, that “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). Every knee will bow -- including yours. Wouldn’t it be better to acknowledge him now, rather than attempting to give an answer in that day? Believe it or not, this is part of the message and gift of Christmas. The baby in the manger is the King.


Worship Resumed on the Campus of CTBC!

NOTICE! NOTICE! NOTICE!

All Church activities have resumed on the church campus. 

1. If you have no mask and desire one we will provide one. 

2. Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations. We encourage you to use it.

3. Coffee will be available as before.

4. Bible classes are at 9:30 a.m. for children, teens and adults.

5. Worship is at 10:45 a.m.

6. The third Sunday of the month we share a fellowship meal after the morning worship service.

7. Nursery for children is available.

8. The worship service will also be live-streamed for anyone who feels they cannot attend in person.

We look forward to worshipping with you in person this Sunday!


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Communion

Second Sunday of each month.


Fellowship Meal

Fellowship Meal, 3rd Sunday of each month.  Come join us for food and fun.