The King of Glory|
New Hope Assembly of God
Christmas is not only the celebration of the birth of Christ, but also
the celebration of our soon coming King. There have been many kings
on earth, but there is only ONE who is the King of Glory. “Who is this
King of glory?” The Bible tells us, “The LORD of hosts, he is the
King of glory.” (Ps 24:10). He is Lord and King over the whole world.
He came as a babe through virgin birth to claim the hearts of His own
upon earth. (Lu 1:27-35). The hopeless voice of a little girl cried
in the night within a China orphanage. “How could life be so
terrible? When will my tortures end?” she wept as she lay on the
filthy floor. “When will the pain stop?” Out of the midst of
hopelessness in China came the call. “We have a referral for you.
She is eight, will you adopt her?” Without pictures or other
information, we said, “Yes!” Our hearts were broken as we viewed the
pictures, for within our little daughter’s eyes the story of pain was
clear. Hope’s cries were heard in Heaven, and God brought her to us
so she could know the love of Jesus Christ.
He left His throne of glory in Heaven to travel the path of human
death, to grant eternal life after death to those who come to know
Him. He was victorious over the enemy of mankind, Satan, who has
plagued the human race. The King of glory, Jesus Christ, came to earth
because of His love for us. (Joh 3:16).
Satan tried to destroy Hope’s life on earth, but instead God granted
her life to become one of His own. One Sunday after church Hope was
crying. “What is wrong, Hope?” I asked. “Mama, I want to be a
Christian,” she announced. We prayed with her as she tearfully gave
her heart to Jesus, and Papa then served her communion. When the next
baptism service came, she wanted to be baptized.
That first Christmas Hope was home, she celebrated as a Christian
rejoicing in her Savior’s birth. As the Christmas story was shared I
could see her wheels turning, “He came for everybody Mama. Why did He
do that? Tell me the story again!”
“Hope, it was a holy night long ago that Heaven kissed earth. That
kiss deposited the fullness of God’s love within a virgin named Mary,
who birthed God’s Son Jesus Christ on earth. Jesus came so that all
people who believe in Him might have eternal life. (Mt 1:21). God
gave a great present to all people on earth. Shepherd boys heard
about His arrival from the angels who were worshiping in the sky, and
went to find Him in the stable. (Lu 2:8-15). Later, three Wise men
led by a star to where Jesus was came to present Him with gifts. (Mt
2:1-10). Now when we give presents on earth to each other on
Christmas, out of God’s love, it is as if we give them to Jesus. (Mt
Christ transcended all the rulers of the universe though He came as a
lowly baby. And He will return to earth to claim His own as the King
of Kings, for He is the Lion of Judah who is strong and mighty in
battle! (Ps 24:8).
Though Satan tries to slay believers, Jesus is with us in the battle.
Our son Christian came to our home with a Chinese Bible in his
backpack. He was a believer before coming to us. A worker in the
orphanage shared with him about the Lord Jesus while he was suffering
under the hands of unkind workers. His life seemed like it would be
short, but God gave him hope of release, and at eight, the doors
opened for his adoption.
Jesus shall come back through the everlasting doors of Heaven to meet
with His believers in the clouds. (The Rapture). (Ps 24:7, 9; Mr
13:26). The everlasting doors of Heaven’s gates endure for ever
because they are the doors through which He will take His own into the
While praying with my grandfather on his death bed I saw two angels in
front of the end of the bed. There was a thin curtain in front of
them. I saw their hands extend to my grandfather. The next morning
he died peacefully, entering Heaven, for he was a believer.
All of Heaven declares the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and every
eye on earth shall see His glory when He returns. (Ps 97:6; Re 1:7).
Instead of the quiet birth of His first entrance, there will be the
voice of the archangel and the trump of God accompanying Him when He
returns as the King of glory. (1Th 4:16).
The prophecies concerning the return of Jesus Christ are in place.
The happenings in earth are increasing each day, and the signs are
clear. (Mt 24:3-42). Soon He will return! O prepare your hearts,
Christians, the King of glory is coming!