When a king comes, you expect him to breeze right by the “little people” in search of those who are at least interesting, if not ‘worthy’ of him. But at the start of Advent, on December 2nd, 2001, the King of Kings and the Lord of the Universe, Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God, came… to dwell with little baby Mary Jane… and to fight all her battles for her!
This King does not come to gather praise and glory, as though they were His “bread and butter”. He has all the praise and glory of heaven, and indeed, He has praise and glory in Himself — He IS the glory of the Lord, what artists try to depict when they paint halos around the heads of believers in the Bible, or around the head of Christ Himself. Except that when Christ came, he set aside His “halo” and was no glow-in-the-dark Jesus — He was so well hidden that it took angels lighting up the night sky and a wild-man prophet dressed in camel’s hair to get peoples’ attention and point to Him, “I tell you this night is born in the city of David a Saviour, who will be for all the people”; “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Who is afraid of a baby? Not us. But the devil is; and our sinful flesh is. Christ our King has come to gather to himself the spiritually wounded, weak, and lowly, so that the battle that He has now fought to conquer sin, death, and the devil in the place of sinners might be for our benefits.
And that’s why He baptized (that is, washed) little Mary Jane… with His Saving Name, with His death and His resurrection, with His forgiveness — so that she would have a gift of a new heart, and a solid ground on which to build and rest her God-given faith in the Saviour God has supplied for her… and for you!
Behold, your King comes to you, to save you too! Don’t miss it because you were blinded by all the fancy decorations! He comes through simple water and the Almighty and Saving Word of God!
The + Peace of the Lord be with you always!