What does the birth of Jesus signify in your life and who will sit on your throne? My throne? Yeah… The throne of your life. Who has the right to sit on the throne of your life and reign over you? Your answer tells you what you will do with the the birth of the King.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
Herod was disturbed. And all Jerusalem with him. It must have made the news. It must have been the buzz. Eastern mystical magi dudes are here talking about a King being born. We have King Herod. I’m King Herod. Whataya mean a King is born?
That would disturb anyone. I’m reminded of the King Saul and David situation. A King is born to replace you. But don’t worry… Yeah right.
We see many different responses to the birth of Christ. And we know from the story that Herod responds with attack. He isn’t going to have his throne threatened. He is King.
How about you? Does the birth of Jesus threaten your dominion? Is your personal monarchy at risk because of Jesus? Are you concerned about him pushing you out of the way?
One image often used in discussing discipleship and surrender is the throne of one’s life. Who is on the throne of your life? For those of us who want to sit on the throne, we are threatened by the presence of Jesus. Those who are willing to surrender don’t have that fear. In the image above, we see the cross, representing Jesus, either on the throne or somewhere in the periphery. The S represents self, as we may choose to reign over our own lives and keep Jesus in the sidelines…
So how about you? What does the birth of Jesus signify in your life and who will sit on the throne?