All kings will bow down to Him and all nations will serve Him.
For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.
All nations will be blessed through Him.
How can you tell who a real king is? Anyone can wear a crown, and anyone can hold a scepter. A rich man can even build himself a castle complete with an ornate throne to sit upon. But does that make a man a king?
Ultimately a king is known by His power and authority. What he commands gets carried out, and what he seeks to do gets done. And though there have been many to display such authority, many who have played the part of king, only one true King came with the power to be a blessing to ALL people - to literally save the world!
Now Jesus certainly didn't look the part of a king - not as a baby, not as He grew up as a carpenter, not as He carried out His ministry, not as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and certainly not as He hung pierced, beaten, and bloodied on a cross.
But no one has the power and authority of this King of kings. "For He will deliver the needy who cry out." What kind of neediness is this referring to? Did Jesus come to make all your wildest dreams come true, to give you the winning Powerball numbers, to turn your life from rags to riches? No, Jesus meets our true spiritual needs instead of our short-sighted earthly desires. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," He says. And, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." (Matthew 5:3,6)
Do you see your need for the greater gifts of God, the eternal blessings of forgiveness and righteousness? Only King Jesus can deliver you from your spiritual poverty and clothe you with the riches of righteousness.
No one has the power and authority of this King of kings. "For He will deliver...the afflicted who have no one to help." You know what an affliction sin is, don't you? You try to keep your thoughts pure, but you fail. You try to live in unfaltering love toward others, but you fail. You try to control your tongue, but you fail. You try to maintain your patience, but you fail. You try to trust God, completely, without exception, but you fail. The affliction of sin is this: You can't escape it - not by any effort or intention on your part. And you can't escape the guilt that comes along with sin.
Do you see that you are powerless to escape this affliction? Do you see your need for deliverance? Only King Jesus can deliver you from this affliction and bring you the peace of free and full forgiveness in His name.
This is why He came.
This is what He accomplished.
This deliverance is yours in His name.
Do you see why, long before Jesus came into the world, it was prophesied that "all nations will be blessed through Him"? As it was promised, so it was that He came to pay for the sins of all people. Through faith in Him, this blessing of forgiveness is embraced and enjoyed.
Do you then see why "all nations will serve Him"? Is this some forced, 'do-it-or-else' servitude? Did the wise men come to earn the favor of some king who'd otherwise crush them? Absolutely not! They came in glad and willing worship because God's Word promised this Savior-King as the One who would deliver them from their spiritual poverty and affliction.
May this good news lead you to worship Him as did the shepherds and wise men, as have countless millions from every nation throughout history, as do throngs of thankful, pardoned sinners yet today. For this King of Salvation extends to YOU the full forgiveness of all of your sins.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.