Week One: "The Glory of the King"
Who is this King of Glory? There have been many people who have had the title of king, like the Kings of England and other countries. LeBron James is called King James. But who is the one who deserves to be called the King of Glory? That title belongs only to Jesus Christ, our Lord. So today we answer the question, “Who is this King of Glory?”
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
In order to know WHO the King of glory is, we need to know what glory means. Dictionary.com defines glory as “very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown.”
Now let’s look in the Bible to see what it means.
Read Psalm 24:8-10
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—He is the King of glory.
Psalm 24 is a song about the glory of God. When King David asked who is the King of glory, he answered with a strong statement about God’s strength and might. Psalm 96 also describes strength as an aspect of God’s glory; however the list goes on to include His “marvelous deeds” (96:3), His “majesty” (96:6), His holiness (96:9), His “righteousness” and His “faithfulness” (96:13). When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God said that He would allow His “goodness” to pass in front of him (Exodus 33:18-19). Throughout the Bible we see that God’s glory is all the amazing attributes of God and every perfect action He does. All these things help make up its awesomeness and brightness and light!
The shepherds got a glimpse of God’s glory when angels showed up in the sky to announce the birth of Jesus. We are told that we need to look up also. We need to look up and look around and see this King of Glory. He is worthy and we shouldn’t miss Him. There is no need to be afraid. Jesus showed us that He is the King of glory by coming to earth, as a baby, who grew into a man and lived among us for 33 years. He was the glory of God revealed when He said, “Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John 17:5) John shared his experience of the King of glory when he wrote. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Take a minute to go around and share one thing that is great about each other. Now go around again and share one thing that is awesome about Jesus. This is one way we agree with Him that he is the King of Glory.
Now use those words you shared and tell Jesus how awesome He is and tell Him one way you can give Jesus glory this Christmas.
God’s Glory Family Activity: Light a fire in your fireplace or light a candle. Gather around the flames as a family and think about how God’s glory is bright and beautiful similar to this fire! These flames are also warm and comforting, just like God’s love for us. Talk as a family about how seeing God’s glory might make you feel.
As we think about the meaning of the Christmas Season, it isn’t just God’s Gift to us of his Son and the fulfillment of his many prophesies, it is truly about God’s desire for us to return to a right relationship with him, like Adam and Eve had in the Garden before sin entered the world. We should make sure that we set aside time this season to focus on who God is in our lives and what He desires of us. We each have a personal one-on-one relationship with him and learning all we can about that will help us to lead the life that we were created to live.
Take a moment to ask God to speak to your heart, to quiet your mind, and to touch your spirit as we look at His Word.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
The Old Testament of the Bible speaks continually about the coming “Anointed One”, God’s Messiah. There are over 300 prophesies regarding this promised event. Mathematically, the odds of one person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000; one person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power; one person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!
God predicted, through the prophet Micah, the exact city where the Messiah would be born in Micah 5:2: “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you one will go forth for me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.”
Every city in the world was eliminated but one-Bethlehem. Also, if someone was a descendant of King David, yet was born in any other city than Bethlehem, he would not qualify as the promised Messiah.
Matthew records this fulfillment in Matthew 2:1 “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem.”
Jesus was not only born in the right family; He was also born at the right place.
These are just a couple of the 300+ prophesies fulfilled by Jesus.
When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. (1 Kings 10:1) King Solomon was known in the ancient world for his wisdom and the glory of his kingdom. The queen of Sheba decided to pay Solomon a visit. The Bible says that “Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her” (10:3). When the queen heard Solomon’s wisdom, saw the temple he had built, and experienced the joy that was evident in his royal household, it literally took her breath away (10:5). She then gave lavish gifts of gold and spices to Solomon, but she received even more in return.
Solomon was the most glorious king Israel had ever had. But Solomon knew that David would have a greater Son than he, whose throne would last forever. Roll the story forward a thousand years, and David’s greater Son is born. Kings come from afar and, like the queen of Sheba, they bring gifts of gold and of spices.
If the glory of Solomon could take away the breath of someone as great as the queen of Sheba, what will it be like for us when we see the glory of Jesus Christ revealed? We will bring him our hardest and most perplexing questions. We will listen to the wisdom of his words. We will see the glory of his temple, we will share the joy of all the servants in his house, and we will live under the blessing of his rule forever. We will see the King in his beauty, and when we do, his glory will take our breath away.
Consider the wisdom, glory, and beauty of Christ our King. Can you see how far King Jesus surpasses that of anyone or anything in this world?
1. What sights or situations have taken your breath away?
2. How did you respond emotionally and physically in those situations?
3. What do you think about when you envision the glory of King Jesus?
4. How do you respond emotionally and physically when you consider the immeasurable glory of God?
Take some time to give glory to God. Praise Him for all that He is. Praise Him for all that He has done. Praise him for salvation, His unending love, His unexplainable peace, provision, healing, redemption...