This morning we complete our Advent journey. We have been preparing the way of the Lord. We started on the first Sunday with Prepare the Way of the Lord. The second Sunday we said that Surely He Has Born Our Griefs, and because of that we can Comfort Ye Me People on the third Sunday. Today we have to answer the question, “Who is the King of Glory?” We are going to take a look at the text that was read during the lighting of our final Advent candle.
Psalm 24 (Contemporary English Version)
(A psalm by David.)
1The earth and everything on it belong to the LORD. The world and its people belong to him. 2The LORD placed it all on the oceans and rivers. 3Who may climb the LORD’s hill [a] or stand in his holy temple? 4Only those who do right for the right reasons, and don’t worship idols or tell lies under oath. 5The LORD God, who saves them, will bless and reward them, 6because they worship and serve the God of Jacob. [b] 7Open the ancient gates, so that the glorious king may come in. 8Who is this glorious king? He is our LORD, a strong and mighty warrior. 9Open the ancient gates, so that the glorious king may come in. 10Who is this glorious king? He is our LORD, the All-Powerful!
We have a blessed hope in this King of Glory? Who is he? What do we do with him? Last year we went Christmas caroling with another church in our community in Upstate New York. We began at our church and sang at houses throughout the community and ended up at the Fort Miller Reformed Church. We had a great time of fellowship around cookies and hot chocolate. After a little while, Pastor Bailey asked us if we would like to join them in caroling to one of their shut-ins. Our church had caroled to our shut-ins the week before. We said yes. We drove to a house about five minutes away and entered the house and sang to her. This lady was a immigrant from the Russian section of Poland who will turn 98 on Christmas day. We sang two or three carols and then in the tradition of her homeland she gave gifts to the carolers. She handed each one of us a small plastic bag of candy. As she was handing them out she told us this in broken English/Russian accent. Remember that Jesus Christ came as a baby for you; He suffered for you; He died for you; He rose again and He’s coming again for you. It was the best sermon I had heard all day, including my own. Right there I was ministered to. I came to minister, yet me and my family received an unexpected blessing.
As we said last week, we need to be ready to share this simple message with anyone we run into. We try to complicate it but it is really very simple. The lady we caroled to reminded us of that.
Let me ask you a question. Are you telling the story of Jesus? Do you love telling the story of Jesus? This reminds me of an e-mail I received several years ago. It’s entitled, “Hymns, The Way We’d Sing Them If We Were Honest.” Here is just a sample of some of the hymn titles.
I Surrender Some
There Shall Be Sprinkles of Blessing
Fill My Spoon, Lord
Oh, How I Like Jesus
Take My Life and Let Me Be
When the Saints go Sneaking In
Sit Up, Sit Up for Jesus
Self-esteem to the World, the Lord Is Come
Go Tell It On the Speed Bump.
And my personal favorite\
I Love to Talk About Telling the Story
We need to do more than just talk about telling the story. We need to tell it. That’s my first challenge to you this morning. Tell the story to everyone you meet this week. The second question comes as this. What do we tell? Tell them about this King of Glory. The psalmist asks, “Who is this King of Glory?”
This morning before service I asked our Middle School class to help me come up with a description of Jesus. To help us get started I listed the letters from A to Z. I said to give me one word that described Jesus for each letter. For some letters we came up with more than one. But I think they did a great job. What follows is mostly of their own thinking with a few thrown in by Pam and I. You need to be proud of our kids at Preston Wesleyan. Here goes the list.
He (Jesus) is:
A. Awesome, Alpha (and Omega)
B. Bread of Life, Bright, Beautiful One
C. Creator, Christ, Careful
D. Delightful, Divine
E. Everlasting, Eternal, Everliving, Enlightening, Everything (just as this morning scripture tells us. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.)
F. Faithful, Fair, Forgiving, Famous one
G. Generous, Glorious, Giving, God, Gentle, Gracious, Great, Good
H. Holy, Human, Honest, Hopeful, Honorable, Helpful, Hero (I like the fact that our students think of God as their hero)
I. Important (Think about this, our entire world acknowledges the fact that Jesus exists, whether you are believer or an atheist. Our calendar is based on the birth of Jesus. Therefore, he must be important in some way.) I Am, Innocent, Intelligent, Inspiring, Immortal, Invisible (To borrow from one of the great hymns)
J. Jesus, Joyful, Just, Judge and Jury
K. Kind, King of kings, Keeper
L. Lord of lords, Loving, Loyal, Lamb of God, Love, Life
M. Mighty, Masterful, Majestic, Master, Marvelous, Merciful
N. Navigator (This is the one that really impressed me. One of our kids in Fort Miller came up with this one last year. He is the one who gives direction to our lives. God is not my co-pilot, but he is my pilot. He is flying the plane of my life.) Noble
O. Omnipresent (He is present everywhere), (Alpha and) Omega, Omnipotent (He is all powerful. These are the some that we helped the kids with. Omniscient (He is all knowing, except when he chooses to limit his power as he did when Jesus came to earth), Overseerer, Outstanding
P. Prince of Peace, Protector, Provider, Powerful, Perfect, Pure, Patient
Q. Quanna (Jealous)
R. Rewarder, Redeemer, Restorer, Resurrected, Reliever, Righteous, Rebuilder Refuge, Rock, Ransom, Rapturer
S. Shelter, Shield, Savior, Strength, Sword, Spirited, Shepherd, Stronghold, Supporter, Salvation
T. Timeless, Tremendous, Truthful, Teacher, Truth, Trustful, (and Pam came up with this one, Terminator. Jesus said, “I’ll be back!” Those who are not ready for His coming will meet the real terminator.
U. Unlimited, Unresting, Unhasting, Unfailing, Unchangeable, Unique, Understanding, Unweilding
V. Victorious, Valuable
W. Winner, Wonderful, Word, Wise, Worthy
X. This was one of those tricky ones. Did you know the Greek letter for Christ is chi? Even when we say X-mas we are acknowledging Christ) Excellent, Exciting, Extraordinary
Y. Yahweh (He is I AM), Yielding (Jesus was a servant who yielded His life for us.)
Z. Zenith, Zion
I think our kids did an awesome job and coming up with names for Jesus. Jesus’ name is woven throughout the Word of God. As we close this morning, let me read to you a piece that I’ve entitled “Jesus Through the Bible.” You may have heard it before, but it’s a great reminder of the Jesus of the Bible.
In Genesis Jesus is the Ram at Abraham‘s altar
In Exodus He’s the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus He’s the High priest
In Numbers He’s the Cloud by day and Pillar of Fire by night
In Deuteronomy He’s the City of our refuge
In Joshua He’s the Scarlet Thread out Rahab’s window
In Judges He is our Judge
In Ruth He is our Kinsman Redeemer
In 1st and 2nd Samuel He‘s our Trusted Prophet
And in Kings and Chronicles He’s our Reigning King
In Ezra He’s our Faithful Scribe
In Nehemiah, He’s the Rebuilder of the of everything that is broken
And in Esther He is the Mordecai sitting faithful at the gate
In Job He’s our Redeemer that ever lives
In Psalms He is my Shepherd and I shall not want
In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes He’s our Wisdom
And in the Song of Solomon He is the Beautiful Bridegroom
In Isaiah He’s the Suffering Servant
In Jeremiah and Lamentations it is Jesus that is the Weeping Prophet
In Ezekiel He’s the Wonderful Four-Faced Man
And in Daniel He is the Fourth Man in the midst of a fiery furnace
In Hosea, He is my Love that is forever faithful.
In the Joel He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit
In Amos He’s our Burden Bearer
In Obadiah our Savior
And in Jonah He is the Great Foreign Missionary that takes the Word of God into all the world.
In Micah He is the Messenger with beautiful feet
In Nahum He is the Avenger
In Habbakkuk He is the Watchman that is ever praying for revival
In Zephaniah He is the Lord mighty to save
In Haggai He is the Restorer of our lost heritage
In Zechariah He is our Fountain
And in Malachi He is the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings
In Matthew Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God
In Mark He is the Miracle Worker
In Luke He’s the Son of Man
And in John He is the Door by which every one of us must enter
In Acts He is the Shining Light that appears to Saul on the road to Damascus
In Romans He is our Justifier
In 1st Corinthians our Resurrection
In 2nd Corinthians our Sin Bearer
In Galatians He redeems us from the law
In Ephesians He is our Unsearchable Riches
In Philippians He supplies our every need
And in Colossians He’s the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily
In 1st and 2nd Thessalonians He is our Soon Coming King
In 1st and 2nd Timothy He is the Mediator between God and man
In Titus He is our Blessed Hope
In Philemon He is the Friend that sticks closer than a brother
And in Hebrews He’s the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant
In James it is the Lord that heals the sick
In 1st and 2nd Peter He is the Chief Shepherd
In 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John it is Jesus who has the tenderness of love
In Jude He is the Lord coming with 10,000 saints
And in Revelation, lift up your eyes, Church, for your redemption draweth nigh; He is our King of kings and Lord of Lords.
Who Is this King of Glory? He is Jesus. Let me leave you with that this morning. This is the hope that we have, that Jesus is coming back again for His church and that one day knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Who is the King of Glory? He is Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and God of Gods.