One of my beloved Christmas traditions growing up was to sing the Hallelujah Chorus in Junior High chorale. That was in an era when public school students were taught songs with lyrics such as these:
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!…
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever…
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And He shall reign forever and ever…
This triumphant chorus is a creative addition to a Christmas program, however. You won’t find it in Part One of Handel’s Messiah which covers the advent and birth of Jesus. Instead, you have to jump all the way to the end of the second part which deals with His death and resurrection.
Still, it seems to me that singing about the kingship of Jesus Christ at Christmas is altogether appropriate. It’s a good reminder that He didn’t start as a baby in a manger. He was fully God before He came down to earth and took the form of a servant.
In that spirit, I offer you a reflection by S.M Lockridge** on Jesus Christ as King. This description gives such a full portrait that it’s a struggle to absorb all the glory and truth in one sitting. So my recommendation is to print it out and contemplate one section every day. You’ll see it’s conveniently broken up into 12 sections which will take us right up to Christmas day when we will worship Him, singing, “O come let us adore Him” and “Joy to the world!”
Christ is enduringly strong.
He’s entirely sincere.
He’s eternally steadfast.
He’s immortally graceful.
He’s imperially powerful.
He’s impartially merciful.
No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He’s God’s Son.
He’s a sinner’s Saviour.
He’s the centerpiece of civilization.
He’s the greatest phenomenon ever to cross the horizon of this world.
He does not have to call for help,
and you can’t confuse Him.
He doesn’t need you and He doesn’t need me.
He stands alone in the solitude of Himself.
He’s august and He’s unique.
He’s unparalleled and He’s unprecedented.
He’s supreme and He’s pre-eminent.
He is the loftiest idea in literature.
He’s the highest personality in philosophy.
He’s the supreme problem of higher criticism.
He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology.
He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion.
He’s the miracle of the ages.
He’s the superlative of everything good that you can call Him.
He can satisfy all our needs,
and He can do it simultaneously.
He supplies strength for the weak.
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.
He guards and He guides.
He heals the sick..
He cleanses lepers.
He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.
He delivers the captives.
He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.
He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent.
He beautifies the meek..
He’s the key to knowledge.
He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.
He’s the pathway to peace.
He’s the roadway to righteousness,
He’s the highway to holiness.
He’s the gateway to glory.
He’s the master of the mighty.
He’s the Captain of the conquerors.
He’s the head of the heroes.
He’s the leader of the legislators.
He’s the overseer of the overcomers.
He’s the governor of the governors.
He’s the prince of princes.
He’s the King of kings.
He’s the Lord of lords.
His office is manifold.
His promise is sure.
His light is matchless.
His goodness is limitless.
His mercy is everlasting.
His love never changes.
His word is enough.
His grace is sufficient.
His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
I wish I could describe Him to you!
He is indescribable
because He’s incomprehensible.
He’s irresistible and He’s invincible.
You can’t get Him off your hands.
You can’t get Him out of your mind.
You can’t outlive Him, and you can’t live without Him.
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him,
but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him.
Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him,
the grave couldn’t hold Him.
There was nobody before Him,
There will be nobody after Him.
He had no predecessor,
and He’ll have no successor.
You can’t impeach Him,
and He’s not going to resign.
That’s my King.
**Notes and links
**In case you were wondering, S.M. stands for Shadrach Meshach.