Jesus Is: Week 1 - "Fit For A Humble King"

Opening Prayer:

God, thank you that you gave us so many clues about Jesus in the Old Testament. You wanted your people back then and today to recognize Jesus coming so that we might be a part of his kingdom.

 

Read: Micah 5:2

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

 

Reflect:

In Micah 5:2 we get a hint at the counter cultural beginnings of Jesus. Not only would his birth not be a typical kingly birth but, his teachings also were full of humility, rarely exemplified with those in positions of power. Seemingly everything about Jesus didn’t meet expectations. Kings were supposed to be born in palaces, Jesus was born in a barn. Kings were supposed to conquer and subdue people in battle, Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world. Kings were born to royal parents, Jesus was the son of a carpenter. In the verse above, we are told that this coming ruler of Israel would come from a small clan out of the tribe of Judah. Again, not quite what we would write if we were creating the story. Jesus’ humble beginnings were matched by his humble demeanor that guided his interactions with sinners and outcasts. His life was a demonstration in humility, the ruler over all Israel, wrongly condemned and crucified on a cross.

 

 Apply:

Like the other passages we have read this week, it is clear that God had a plan to rescue us far, far in advance. God planned the time and exact place in which Jesus would enter this world. We ought to consider Jesus’ humble beginnings. What does this say about the kind of king we serve? Jesus made it clear that he came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. What does it say about God that Jesus coming to earth as a man was planned well in advance and very meticulously? The rescue and redemption of mankind was not some spur of the moment idea. It was God’s plan from the beginning of creation.

 

Closing Prayer:

God, we thank you that the birth of Jesus offered us clues about the intention and character of Jesus. We are grateful that Jesus, though a king, serves as the ultimate example of humility.

Terry Schneider