Christmas – Fit for a King!
Powerpoint Pictures: Buckingham Palace; Lavish Cot; Expensive Baby Clothes; Baby Announcement on Front Page of Paper
Where was God’s Promised King going to be born? [Bethlehem]
Why Bethlehem? [It’s in Judah, it’s where King David was from, it’s where God said through the prophet Micah he would be born].
What’s the birth of a king usually like?
- Where are they born? Does anyone know where Prince Charles was born? [Buckingham Palace].
- What do you think his bed would be like? You’d expect it to be lavish like this custom ordered one from Cleopatra Palace costing £5162.
- You’d expect him to wear expensive clothes like this cashmere baby clothes from Ralph Lauren for $250.
- And when the king was born surely it would be the talk of the town, on the front pages of every newspaper. There would be reporters and paparazzi waiting outside for news that the king has been born.
But let’s look at what the Bible tells us about the birth of God’s Promised King in Bethlehem.
Luke tells us in two verses what Jesus birth was like: “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6-7).
No palace instead a place where the animals lived. No lavish cot instead a manger, an animal feeding trough. No expensive clothes just ordinary cloths to protect the baby. Not the talk of the town, in fact nobody would have noticed He was born if it wasn’t for the announcement by the angels.
Is this baby born really the King who would save people?
Well, His birth might not have been what people were expecting – but Jesus’ birth shows that God kept His promise to send the King who would be Saviour of the World.
And this birth that at the time nobody noticed is the most famous of all now. There’s a day each year when we remember that the King, the Saviour has born and praise God for this wonderful gift.
(Photo: © Nevit Dilmen)