A Favorite Hymn @ Christmas,” by J. Ben Simpson
by J. Ben Simpson, pastor
West Main Baptist Church
Alexandria, TN 37012
One of my favorite songs to think on at Christmas is not even a Christmas song per se. I’m talking about “Come, Thou Almighty King,” which says in the first verse:
Come, thou almighty King; / Help us thy name to sing;
Help us to praise,
Father all glorious, / O’er all victorious; / Come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days!
(Listen the London Philharmonic Choir version here)
A king. That’s exactly what the world received when Jesus, God the Son, took on flesh and dwelt among us. Although He was born of a virgin, Mary, in a cattle stall far—at least in quality if not in proximity—from palaces and golden crowns, that blesséd Babe was and is the King of all creation, deserving all of our laud and life. Praise be to King Jesus!
The Apostle Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit captured the Christ’s regality the following way in 1 Timothy 6:15-16:
15 …[Jesus Christ] who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.
There are many powerful people in this world with vast fortunes, massive armies, and a supercharged ego, but they pale in comparison to our King. There are indeed many kings presently and in history, but our Jesus is the King of kings. The lords of the earth are undoubtedly powerful, but our Jesus is the Lord of lords. To Him they all will bow in either glorious surrender or crushing defeat (Phi 2:9-11).
In our day of political upheaval and rising anxiety, we would be foolish to put our hope in any government or its leaders. They are all corrupt in some level because they’re all made up of thoroughly corrupt human beings. Furthermore, nations regularly rise and fall. For some, there are centuries between their rise and fall like with Rome, but for others, there are just a few decades between like we saw with the Soviet Union last century. In glorious contrast, our King has been promised by God to reign forever, “[Jesus] will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end,” (Luke 1:32-33).
Dear friends, we dare not put our hope into something that is lesser and destined to fail. There is but one Sovereign. His name is King Jesus, and He’s a blesséd Sovereign indeed. He is King of kings and Lord of Lords! It is in Him that we hope and rejoice this Christmas season, and it is to Him that we say, “Come again quickly, Thou Almighty King!”