King of Kings

Dear Politicians,
 
We are political creatures. Anyone who says they are non-political is crazy.  We each practice politics. The current political world may not be our first choice, but we all live in a political world. The more we can cooperate with each other politically, the better the world will be.
 
“Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, peace to those of good will.” That was the song the angels sang when Jesus was born. The words of the angels are almost an exact quote from the decrees of Augustus Caesar, one of the greatest rulers (dictators ) the world has ever known. When Augustus became the emperor, he had himself declared one of the gods. He erected a huge statue in the Roman forum, eleven times bigger than the normal man. At one point, through the Roman army, Augustus controlled every inch of western world.
 
Do you see what is happening in the gospel account of Jesus' birth? “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, peace…” This was the decree of the angelic messengers at Jesus birth. They are announcing a new king, a new emperor, one even greater than Augustus.
 
The story of Christmas and the Incarnation (Jesus, God becoming human flesh) is politically charged. It is the story of, not simply a baby born to Mary and Joseph, but a new king. Neither Augustus nor all of his army will be able to stop the progress of this infant “king” and his people. The invasion has begun.
 
Prayer—Let us pray for all our political leaders, Let us give thanks to God that the child in the manger whom we celebrate this coming Christmas is the King of Kings.
 
Still in One Peace,
 
Pastor David J. Jensen

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