Advent 2016: Christ Was Born For This: Day 20

Christ the King Today


Today's Text: Matthew 28:18, Ephesians 1:15-23, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:15-20, Revelation 19:11-16

Text: Matthew 28:18, Ephesians 1:15-23, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:15-20, Revelation 19:11-16

Christ is our perfect King today. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him, and He will never hand it over to another. His life, death, and resurrection demonstrated the authority He continues to exercise as the Son of God who rules at the right hand of the Father. The baby born in Bethlehem holds creation in His gracious grip, and He always will.

My son has a favorite Christmas carol.

When we get in the car at Christmastime, our family takes turns picking the first four songs we’ll listen to. Our daughter always asks for LeAnn Rimes’s “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Ryan picks a different vintage song every time, and I make sure no one speaks while Amy Grant serenades us about a “Tender Tennessee Christmas.” (“The only sounds you can make are if you’re singing along,” I insist, before closing my eyes to belt out about “the only Christmas for meeee.”)

But Oliver always chooses “Joy to the World.” I love that about him. And, it gives me ample opportunity to let the non-hippopotamus-related lyrics stick with me. Perhaps one of my many favorite lines from the song comes from that very first verse:

“Let earth receive her King!”

I know it’s not Scripture, but Isaac Watts knew the Truth as he wrote these lyrics. He knew Christ was not only King over all mankind, but over the entire earth. He knew that the rocks, hills, and floods answer to the same judge you and I answer to—this King rules over all things, “far as the curse is found.” (And be assured, that doggone curse is everywhere.)

Christ is our King today. Not because we decide He is, but because God Himself gave Him this authority.

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
- Matthew 28:18

He is our King whether we bow to Him or not. He is the King of the leaders of the countries of the world, whether they believe it or not. He is the King of our children and our friends and enemies, whether they receive Him or not.

This is good news! Not only does our King rule over everyone and everything, He is also a righteous and merciful judge. And He comes to make His blessings flow. Yes, He is a good King.

In the Old Testament, God’s people relied on prophets to be the mouthpiece of God, priests to lead them to worship and make sacrifices for their sin, and kings to uphold the law and fight their battles. But no prophet, priest, or king, no matter how righteous, could fulfill their office to the extent of the people’s need.

The prophets could report God’s promises to the people, but Jesus was both the Promiser and the “yes” to every promise God had made (2 Corinthians 1:20).

The blood of bulls and goats would never be enough to atone for sins of a nation, but the blood of Christ—our great high Priest—is enough to atone for the sins of all nations (Hebrews 10:4).

The kings of Israel and Judah ruled the people, fought their battles, and protected them from oppressors, and they did none of it perfectly. But King Jesus is seated on the throne of heaven, always fighting for us in battles that are “not against flesh and blood’ (Ephesians 6:12), “judging the world righteously and the peoples fairly” (Psalm 98:9).

Christ is our King today. Whether we call Him our King or not, He is seated on the throne at the right hand of the Father as you read these words. He is King of heaven and nature, far as the curse is found. Will you bow to your King? Will you submit yourself to His laws? Find security in the borders He has drawn? Christ is your perfect King—the King of all kings. Will you receive Him to be your King today?

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love,
And wonders, wonders, of his love.


  • Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! No one can ever change that! Hallelujah, what a Savior! Thank you Jesus!

  • Yes! May more come to receive Jesus as their King this Christmas! That more would come to know King Jesus!

  • Lauren F

    Ladies, I ask for prayer. My husband and I moved a year ago from a great city and church community. Now we haven’t found a church (haven’t tried very hard) and my husband has no desire to go to church. It is so painful to be a praying wife when you desire more worship and closeness with his people. I pray for the desire of his heart and that one day he will be the spiritual leader of our household. I pray that I too can recognize the Lord in our daily lives more and be an example even when it’s hard.

  • Lindsey Grudnicki

    “He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.” Such a perfect reminder of His control when life feels out of control.

  • Carrie Rogers

    Amen, thankful for our perfect King!

  • Katie Novikoff

    Just wanted to say thank you SRT – for creating a devotional that has truly been stirring my affections for Jesus during this season!!

  • The scripture for today is so super powerful! My favorite passage has been Rev. 19:11-16. It reminds me of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Peter is on a white horse ready to take on the evil queen and her army. Then Aslan shows up with the people he saved from her castle. And the crazy part is – he lets them fight alongside him. He doesn’t tell them to wait at the top of the hill while he wrecks shop on everyone. No, he lets them fight with him, on his side. And what had those people done to deserve such an honor? Absolutely nothing. He breathed life over them and they joined him in the battle. Praise the Lord, He is King over all. And lets us all, despite the many ways we’ve forsaken him, join him in the fight – as it says in verse 14 “armies of heaven” – even though He really doesn’t need our help because He’s already won the victory.

  • Pamela Jo

    May the wonders of His love flood over us as we recognize His protective power; interceding for us while on His throne. He is our King of Kings!

  • Sonja Cox

    So thankful for this truth! King Jesus rules!

  • Sonja Cox

  • Marilyn Bilby

    Powerful message for all people of this great world.

  • Cassie Kendall

    My little sister is on her way to Australia right now for a mission trip. It is incredible to think how big our God is, and that even though she is thousands of miles away, He is both here and there. He is King over all the Earth!

    • Amanda

      Oh, how exciting! I live in Australia! Hope your sister has an incredible time. It is amazing to think…no matter where we go God is the ruler and King over all! Amazing!

  • I love how there is a song related to today’s devotion! It would be so amazing if there was a related song every day/ week!

  • Jess Gardiner

    What a great group of scriptures to meditate on! The awesome power and complete authority of Jesus has filled me with wonder, love and reverent fear this morning. And yet… He chose to become human and take the lowest, weakest place for us. His name is truly above every name!

  • my favorite day so far in this study – what a great and timely reminder!!!

  • Bow. Believe. Receive …. or not!
    He remains King regardless … forever!
    Be King on the throne of my heart, rule and reign over all of my life.

  • Today’ s reading has me in awe once again of the power and majesty of Christ our King and has filled me with much joy this morning as I am about to get ready for the day. I will be singing “Joy to the world” in my heart, with eyes wide open. Thank you!

  • Amen….my King❣❣❣❣

  • This truth today unfolds my heart and it raises with so much JOY; that I am excepted and loved by GOD and his son CHRIST JESUS. Thank you and Amen

  • I’ve been struggling with a lot of anxiety over sending my child to daycare and choosing the right one. Sometimes I forget how this story ends–with Christ riding in on a white horse, the armies of heaven behind him. It’s easy to get caught up in the decisions of this life and think that they will determine how our life or the life of our little one goes–but the end is already set and there is no mistake I can make that would thwart Gods plan.

  • Love this thought: he is the prophet and the answer; the priest and the lamb; the king and the accused. He did it all!

  • I love today’s post more than I can say. Will I “Find security in the borders he has drawn?”
    This truly resonates with me–nowhere do I find more freedom, more peace, than within the pleasant lines laid out for my life by King Jesus. Pray that I remember this ..thank you, Raechel, for your timely eloquence on this cold winter day.

  • Karena Edwards

    I’m reminded of the song that is currently popular “When did I Forget You’ve Always Been King of the World “

  • This week’s readings have reminded me of this song by Natalie Grant: “King of the World”

  • **know not like

  • 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:6-11

    These verses stood out to me. Christ was an obedient King to His Father. He did what He came to do. Can you imagine if Jesus absolutely refused to die for us? It’s crazy to ask that question because we know that He loves us so much and died so we could like Him! So let’s stop taking that for granted. Bow down before our King who paid it all! Let us confess that He is Lord! May our lives be a testimony to His grace, mercy, and love!

  • Skigranny1

    I love this. And I love that He is King always whether we call Him King or not. How I desire to help lost people see this truth. He fights our battles and we can find security in the borders He has drawn. How comforting and amazing is our God. Praise Him for His faithfulness!

  • Yes!!

  • Christina V.

    King of kings and Lord of lords! HE is the reason we celebrate, the reason our celebration is about so much more than the birth of a baby, the gift to inform all gift-giving!

    I read yesterday about how fear is the indicator of desire. If we desire approval, we fear rejection. If we desire comfort, we fear the unknown, etc. Is my greatest desire to know and make known our great King? If so, my deepest fear will be separation from Him. I agree that today’s Scripture line up is absolutely powerful. These passages always fuel my desire for the Greatest Gift. Thank you!

  • Food for my hungry soul! Thanks be to God – Christ has come!!!

  • April Heather

    Oh the scriptures today! I bookmarked “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…” Ephesians 1:18
    simply beautiful and so uplifting-all hail the King❤️

  • Erica Thesing

    Great read and words to ponder. “He is our King whether we bow to Him or not. He is the King of the leaders of the countries of the world, whether they believe it or not. He is the King of our children and our friends and enemies, whether they receive Him or not.”

  • Kelly R Smith

    I am ready to belt this carol out at the top of my lungs! Before modern worship music was a thing, Watts penned a moving worship anthem. I’ve sung it so many times in my thirty-nine years that it is sometimes routine and not the worship experience it should be. Thank you for breathing life into Oliver’s favorite carol. King Jesus will get the worship He is worthy of every time I hear it on my Christmas playlist!

  • POWERFUL scripture compilation today. Loved it!

  • “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” A great reminder for this morning! ❤️

  • churchmouse

    Our two year old granddaughter likes to occasionally test the “house rules.” Rules established for her safety but, in her two year old brain, are restrictions that limit her freedom. I, at 63, am more like her at times that I care to admit. I push against the borders God has drawn for my safety, thinking that they are restricting my freedom. I forget that He is a good and wise King whose “house rules” are there to protect me and to provide for me in the best possible way, whether I, in my limited mind, understand them or not. Praying this morning that I would appreciate His boundaries and borders – for security lies within. Thank you my King.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      I am soooooo with you on this one……I see the border, but just can’t seem to help myself from crossing….sometimes tip toeing across and other times sprinting…..uggggggg! Help me Father!

    • Bringo88

      I definitely agree with churchmouse on this and love how you put it as “house rules”. I don’t always think about my sins as being dangerous and following Gods law to keep me safe but His boundaries are to keep us safe!

    • Amen

      What a lovely way to view the commandments,
      as it makes it easier to see that even though we try,
      these “rules” eventually do get broken.

    • Leenda324

      Beautifully said.

    • Jennifer

      Praising God for the post today, and that of every previous day. Churchmouse, I have continually appreciated the wisdom and insight the Lord has given you… which I am sure can be attributed to a life spent seeking after our King. Thank you.

  • I am so glad that we have such a wise, loving, and faithful king in Jesus! He is all together beautiful!

  • Amen!


  • He is our King whether we bow to Him or not. He is the King of the leaders of the countries of the world, whether they believe it or not. He is the King of our children and our friends and enemies, whether they receive Him or not.

    Wow. I need to remember this, in my frustrations in prayers not answered yet (Lord help me to trust your timing!) , in my failings (thank you Lord that you see my heart) and in my sadness as I watch the news- YOU are King over all Lord Jesus. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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