There is nothing like the old traditional hymns. They have a majesty and reverence to them. I love singing them at Christmastime with the big choir. You can almost feel the presence of God in your midst.
Some of you may have grown up singing the traditional Christmas hymn Angels From The Realms of Glory. James Montgomery wrote this hymn on Christmas Eve, inspired by the imagery in Luke 2:13, which tells of an angel being joined by the armies of heaven, praising God.
The hymn refers to Christ as the newborn king. Christ is not just any king. He is the King of kings. (1 Tim 6:15) The Bible is full of names for God. Each name gives us a look at His character, His person, and His love towards us. I love to reflect on the names of Christ, so I have started a notebook that has all the different names I’ve found along my journey. This name King of kings is one of my favorites.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary that, “All the kings of the earth derive their power from Him. He gave them their crowns, they hold them under Him, and He has a sovereign dominion over them. This is Christ’s title (Rev 19:16); for He has a name higher than the kings of the earth.”
What an awesome God we serve. He reigns with supreme authority and power, even over the most powerful men on earth.
If you have opportunity to sing this beautiful hymn at church, I hope you remember the strong name of Jesus. My prayer is that you would be awed by the supremacy, authority and power of Christ, for such a Lord deserves an awesome reverence. As I meditate on the rich meaning behind the name of King of kings, I’m reminded of what Robert J. Morgan says about Jesus: “He is able to work all things for our good, for He is our Lord of lords, and He is King over all the kings who will ever wear a crown.”
May you have a joyous Christmas as we celebrate the birth, life and resurrection of Christ.