Long ago in a land far away there were angels heralding good news. Good news of a baby’s birth.
Sounds like a beautiful fairy tale doesn’t it?
Except this one is true. And this story isn’t about just any baby. This baby came as the long-awaited savior of the world.
It’s the miraculous Christmas story that we know so well.
The shepherds marveled, while the angels rejoiced, heralding the newborn king.
Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”*
I love the words of the old Christmas carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing (*see the full lyrics). And I can’t even begin to imagine what a majestic sight that must’ve been to have a sky full of angels singing God’s glory.
Their songs marked the celebration of Jesus’ entrance into the world. Finally, there was a way for us to be reconciled to God!
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
Yet, today, there are still so many who are searching for Jesus’s light.
We have a wonderful opportunity to be like those angels, heralding the returning King.
One of the recent heralds, John the Baptist provides a great example for us to imitate. See Mark 1: 1-8
As the King’s herald I can…
Prepare the way for the king
Recently we talked about making room for the King. Now we must also prepare the way for Him.
And this preparation isn’t about getting the Christmas decorations up or readying the house for the holidays or cooking the Christmas ham. Neither is it leaving cookies and milk out for Santa Claus.
This preparation involves a willing heart and obedient spirit. And it’s about preparing my own heart as well as others’. It’s about being the hands and feet of Jesus at Christmas time.
It might look like inviting a newcomer to your home to share Christmas dinner.
Or buying gifts for the tree of hands.
Or how about giving the gift of time well spent with family and friends?
Ask God what he’d have you do to help prepare the way for the King.
Call others to repentance
In our own comfortable lives it’s easy to stay just that, comfortable. Too often we rest on our laurels of our safe Christianity happy with the thought of going to heaven. But let me ask you this: what about the woman at your PTA? What about the troubled teen in the checkout line? Who are you taking to heaven with you?
In other words, we are called not just to shine the light but actually offer the light to others.
Defer to the King
John was doing some amazing things in his time. His popularity grew and many came to him to be baptized. Yet, he didn’t take the glory for himself and he didn’t feel threatened by Jesus’ entrance either. Instead he recognized the authority of the King and deferred to Him.
Am I deferring to the King? Do I consider Him great and me less?
Do I take credit for the success in my life? Or does God get the glory?
When making decisions, do I consult His Word or do I rely on my own wisdom?
Who’s really in control in my life? Me or the King?
What about you?
As we welcome Christmas and look forward to the New Year, I invite you to join me in heralding the coming King.
He came once and He promises to come again. Let’s prepare the way for Him, call others to follow, and give him the honour He deserves.
Wishing you and yours, Christmas blessings!
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