December 8th Advent Devotion
Scripture: John 1:1-14; Col. 1:15-17; Ph. 2:1-11
Hillsong Worship’s new track King of Kings follows Scripture’s Messianic thread from Old Testament prophecy to the Pentecostal birth of the Church. The chorus says, “Praise the Father/Praise the Son/Praise the Spirit/Three in One/God of glory, Majesty/Praise forever to the King of Kings.”
One theme that’s in these texts is the Lordship/Kingship of Jesus Christ. He is all-powerful, compassionate, wrathful, saving, gracious, and more. Repentance is required to enter His Kingdom. We’re reconciled with God and experience His eternal grace and love. In Christ’s Lordship/Kingship we find a freedom we would not otherwise know. Freedom from sin, fear, pain, discouragement; freedom to heal spiritually, mentally, emotionally. Freedom to be devoted to His holy cause.
This is diametrically opposed to the world’s idea of freedom, an absolute individual autonomy without moral boundaries. This idea has led people to believe they’re little gods possessed of unsurpassed personal omnipotence. In submitting to the Lordship/Kingship of Jesus Christ we avoid the plunge into that particular abyss.
How does this relate to Advent? One part of that Hillsong tune says, “To fulfill the Law and Prophets/To a virgin came the Word/From a throne of endless glory to a cradle in the dirt.” Simply put, the One through whom all things were made and who humbled Himself to the point of death (John 1:1-14; Col. 1:15-17; Ph. 2:1-11) is the only One who can free us from the morass of sin.
Prayer: Dear God, You shatter any illusions about our assumed omnipotence. You are King and Lord. You are our only hope in this life and beyond. The season of Advent reminds us anew of that hope and our utter and absolute need for Your grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness.
By: Rev. Brian Channel