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My Favorite Name

This is a post that I wrote the first December that I was blogging. I wasn’t getting nearly the traffic back then that I do now, and since I’m having a little trouble getting anything new written I thought I’d repost this. The timing is perfect because tomorrow is Christmas Eve. It’s the perfect time to ponder Immanuel.

As Christmas is fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about the many names given to Jesus in the Bible. He is called the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Alpha & Omega, and many more. But my favorite name of Jesus is Immanuel. The prophet Isaiah wrote: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14. This verse is quoted in Matthew 1:23 regarding Jesus, and in Matthew the writer defines the name Immanuel to mean “God with us.”

When I look at one of my many nativity scenes, that is what I see: God with us. For thousands of years God tried to get the message across to His people that He loved them and would always be there for them. He spoke through miracles, such as the parting of the Red Sea, and through prophets, such as Isaiah and Daniel. But in spite of all His attempts to get through to them, His people didn’t always get it.

So God decided to become one of us, to be with us, to experience life just as we do. I like the name Immanuel because it reminds me that God loves us enough to be willing to experience all the pain, trials, and heartache that we do, to fully understand how we experience relationships and love. God did this in hopes that we could and would better relate to Him. Because ultimately what He wants is for us to be with Him.

This Christmas, I hope you will feel the blessing of being with God and of God being with you. I hope you will experience the fullness of Immanuel.

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He Paved the Way – A Poem

John the Baptist did not care
What people thought of his wild hair

Repent and be baptized his hue and cry
Messiah is coming, His kingdom is nigh

John the Baptist lost his head
But because of Jesus he is not dead

John paved the way for eternal life
Found in the Son who gave His life

Content with his place in history
John showed the Way for you and me

Jesus increased in wisdom and power
John decreased at the proper hour

Jesus now reigns as King of kings
To our Lord and Savior we sing

John is an honored martyred soul
Under God’s altar for his prophetic role

So now we find our identity in Christ
Who gave His life and paid the price

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The Beginning and the End – A Poem

I have seen the beginning
for I have known the Son
The all-creative King of kings
whose redemptive work is done

I’ve not yet seen the end
but I know the One who’s there
On His promise I will depend
assurance that I am His heir

The fullness of God does dwell
within Jesus, the Chosen One
Of grace His Word does tell
from beginning to end He’s won

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV).

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A Triad of Elfje

I really love the elfje short form of poetry that I discovered last week. Today I want to share a triad of elfje based on the Gospel — a reminder that three is a wonderful number.

Disciples

Loyal
eleven disciples
unlike the betrayer
brought me the Gospel.
Peace!

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Conversion

Brilliant
Heaven’s light
blinding apostle Paul
taught me the Gospel.
Grace!

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The King

Purple
royal robes
adorn the King
source of the Gospel.
Love!

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This Is My Gift to My King

Today is Epiphany. This morning on our way to church I said to my son, “Yesterday was the 12th day of Christmas and today is Epiphany.” He replied, “Did you just realize that?” Clearly his gift is a quick wit among other creative talents.

Epiphany is the church holiday in which we celebrate the Magi from the east visiting the child Jesus. They brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but before they bestowed these gifts on the young Jesus they offered Him their worship. The Magi worshipped Jesus not for what He had done for them but simply because of who He is. The story of their visit is recorded in Matthew 2:1-12.

In church this morning our pastor talked about the significance of the three gifts the Magi brought, and then he asked what gifts we can give to Jesus. I decided I would share the significance of the Magi’s gifts, as well as my thoughts on my gifts to my King.

The first gift of the Magi was gold. This was the customary gift given to kings. This gift points to Jesus as being a king from His very birth. He is the highest of royalty. The Magi sought Him as the King of the Jews. He is ultimately revealed to be King of kings: “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16 (NIV).

The second gift of the Magi was frankincense or incense. It was customary for priests to use incense in the temple as part of their worship of God. It was the priests who presented sacrifices in the temple to atone for the sins of the people. But these sacrifices were only temporarily effective for that purpose and had to be repeated over and over. This gift of incense points to Jesus as the final priest. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” Hebrews 4:14 (NIV). He has been our sacrifice once for all to atone for the sins of the world.

This third gift of the Magi was myrrh. This is a spice that was used in burial. This points to Jesus as a prophet who will be killed for preaching the truth just as the prophets of the Old Testament were killed. Jesus said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37 (NIV). Jesus knew that He would be treated just as the prophets were. He was born for this purpose — that He would die and be buried with myrrh to atone for our sins. But praise God, He rose again.

So what then is my gift to my King? What can I give that is worthy of His glory? First of all I give my worship of Him simply for who He is and not for what He has or will do for me. I can give my time and myself. As I listened to the sermon this morning, though, it occurred to me that one of the greatest gifts I can give to Jesus is this blog. As I write to glorify His name and to share His mercy and love with others, I hope that this gift is pleasing to Him so that someday I will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21 (NIV).

What gift will you bring to the throne of the King?

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Psalm 45 – Christ the King Is Victorious

Since it is Christ the King Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to post a Psalm that speaks of Christ as King over all. My favorite is Psalm 2, but I’ve already posted it before. So I did a search on Biblegateway.com to see what other Psalm would be appropriate and decided on Psalm 45.

This is an awesome Psalm. I love the first verse because I know that my own heart is stirred when I think of the nobility of Christ. I have written quite a few verses of poetry in honor of my King, and because He has given me a gift to be able to write those verses honor Him.

But beyond that I love this Psalm because although it was written in part for David as King, because the Holy Spirit was in the writing of it there is a foreshadowing of Christ as the ultimate and final King. In verse 6, we are reminded that the throne of God will last forever and that He rules with justice. Verses 13 to 15 speak of the bride of the King, which is the Church of Christ that will enter His palace with joy and gladness.

This whole Psalm is such a beautiful tribute to Christ our King who is victorious in His quest for truth, humility, and righteousness that flow directly from Him to His people. Praise be to Christ Jesus, our King of kings and Lord of lords.

Psalm 45

    For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.

 1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
   as I recite my verses for the king;
   my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

 2 You are the most excellent of men
   and your lips have been anointed with grace,
   since God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;
   clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously
   in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;
   let your right hand display awesome deeds.
5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
   let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
   a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
   therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
   by anointing you with the oil of joy.
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
   from palaces adorned with ivory
   the music of the strings makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
   at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

 10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:
   Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 The king is enthralled by your beauty;
   honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift,
   men of wealth will seek your favor.

 13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
   her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
   her virgin companions follow her
   and are brought to you.
15 They are led in with joy and gladness;
   they enter the palace of the king.

 16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
   you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
   therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

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Psalm 2 – Take Refuge in the King

Since we are in the midst of Lent and heading towards Holy Week and Easter, I thought I would focus on Psalms that include some foreshadowing of Jesus and His reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Although speaking in one sense of David as the chosen king in Jerusalem, this Psalm speaks prophetically of Jesus as the final King on His holy mountain. I love the last line: “But what joy for those who take refuge in him!”

Psalm 2

 1 Why are the nations so angry?
      Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
 2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
      the rulers plot together
   against the Lord
      and against his anointed one.
 3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
      “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

 4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
      The Lord scoffs at them.
 5 Then in anger he rebukes them,
      terrifying them with his fierce fury.
 6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
      in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

 7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
   “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
      Today I have become your Father.
 8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
      the whole earth as your possession.
 9 You will break them with an iron rod
      and smash them like clay pots.’”

 10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
      Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
 11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
      and rejoice with trembling.
 12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
      and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
   for his anger flares up in an instant.
      But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
Psalm 2 (NIV).

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The King of Kings Bled

When I was a teenager I listened to a lot of rock music, and I still love the electric guitar and an awesome rock beat. When I first started listening to Christian music I had a hard time finding good Christian rock. It seemed to almost be an oxymoron. The great Christian rock bands that I now listen to were just getting started and their music wasn’t easy to find.

One such band is Audio Adrenaline who, unfortunately, are no longer recording. I actually saw them live during their last concert tour. During that tour they announced it was their last because of throat and vocal cord problems the lead singer was experiencing.

One of my favorite songs of theirs is called “I’m not the king.” Humans have a tendency to want to be in control, to be king (or queen) of something. It might be as head of a big corporation, or merely our own destiny. Some dictators do whatever it takes to retain power of a nation. Others wield power within their family units or within their chosen profession. But whatever it is we are trying to maintain control over, that control is ultimately an illusion. We are not really the king of anything. The singer of Audio Adrenaline recognizes this in the song:

The king of rock, some say lives
The lizard king is surely dead
The king of France lost his head
The King of kings bled

I’m not the King I just sing yeah
I’m just a fraction of a thing yeah
I am not anything without the King of kings

We are nothing without the King of kings, Jesus Christ, in our lives. I’m not the king of this blog. What I write here is of no consequence unless I seek to be led by the Holy Spirit and to glorify the King of kings. I’m not the king of this blog, I just write, hoping that the King will be pleased.

 But why is it that I can’t be king? God created me with talent and intelligence. I have the ability to make decisions and to decide what to write. I am the one who hits the “Publish” button each day. Surely I can be in control of at least this small part of the world and not mess it up. Can’t I? Perhaps not.

If I were King I’d be unwise
For my brains aren’t King size
A King’s someone to trust and love
Like Jesus Christ whom I sing of

On my own, I do not have the wisdom to rule even this tiny blog. I do not have the power to save anyone. You cannot trust in me for your salvation and I have done nothing to deserve your love and admiration. All I can do is point you to the King of kings, who can save you and more. He is someone you can trust and love. He is Jesus Christ, whom I write of.

Do you have some kingdom you are trying to rule on your own? Are you finding that isn’t working out so well for you? Is there revolt in the streets or on the factory floor? Do things seem to be spinning out of control? The King of kings is there for you; you can ask Him to take control of your little kingdom and He will gladly rule it wisely and with love.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:11-16 (NIV).

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The Humble King

Last week I downloaded a new Christmas album from Amazon.com that has a variety of artist on it. I’ve really been enjoying the new versions of some of my old favorites. But there is a song on this album that is new. It’s by a band called Downhere, which I’ve not heard of before. The name of the song is “How Many Kings.” I had to listen to it twice this morning while I got ready for work because I liked the chorus so much. It goes like this:

How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?

How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me

Although it is on a Christmas album, this is a song I could listen to any time of the year. I will probably add it to my Christian playlist on my iPod so that I can hear it throughout the coming year.

I like this song because it is a great reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made to reconcile us with Himself. He didn’t wait for us to fix things, to make ourselves perfect and worthy of Him. He loves us just the way we are and did what was necessary to bridge the gap between an Almighty God and sinful mankind.

This song reminds me of chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Philippians:

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 6 Who, being in very nature God,
   did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
   by taking the very nature of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!

Such humility in the One who deserves most to be exalted is astounding! It shows the real meaning of being humble, which is not to think less of oneself, but to think of oneself less. Jesus didn’t think of Himself; He thought of you and me when “he made himself nothing.” Because He thought more of us, He was exalted. Paul goes on to write:

 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

In church last Sunday, we had a visiting pastor who preached on the Magnificat, Mary’s Song. Having been visited by the angel Gabriel and told she would have a child by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was herself the mother of John the Baptist. Elizabeth greeted her,

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. Luke 1:46-49.

Our guest pastor pointed out the use of the word “magnify” in this passage. Mary said her soul “magnified” the Lord. Using the illustration of a magnifying mirror, which reveals things we may not want to see on our own faces, he pointed out that when the Lord is magnified we see things about Him that we might not notice if we don’t get close enough. But as we come closer to our Lord, His wonderful attributes, His love and grace, the beauty of His sacrifice are magnified.

For me, thinking about how He left His throne in heaven to dwell with us, and to die for us, magnifies His majesty and fills my heart with joy. Have you considered this King who stepped down from His throne, this Great One who became the least for you? Come closer and see the wonder of His love magnified. It is magnificent to see.

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