Baby Born King-Article by Rev.Dr.Jiji Chacko
The Birth of Jesus of Nazareth is the reason for the season when all over the world people are celebrating this holiday. People are trying to give importance to the celebration, but miss the meaning, the reason for the celebration in the world and that is Jesus Christ. During this part of the year one has to remember Him.
Jesus was born with authority and died with authority. Jesus was born as the King of the Jews, and he was confessed the same by the Roman world at the end of His life. The wise men from the East were searching for the baby born as the King of the Jews. They mistakenly searched Him in the palace of Herod the king, asking, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”Matthew 2:1-3. This led to the death of many innocent children as Herod was threatened by His birth. However the parents were led divinely by an angel to leave for Egypt. From the very beginning Jesus had the attention and the service of angels. His authority over the angelic world was proven when he told Peter at the time of His capture by the soldiers in the garden that if he wants He can call legions of angels for deliverance.
Jesus, being the truth, the presentation of His understanding and wisdom also proved His authority. At the age of twelve, before the doctors and scribes in the temple, his questions and answers to them astonished them. As it is written, “and all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers,” Luke 2:47. During His ministry He taught as one having authority, and not as the teachers during His time. His authoritative teaching like the Sermon on the Mount has influenced the world leaders and many others.
He had the authority over unclean spirits, diseases and even over death. That proved that He could control not only the world of humans but also the spiritual world, the world beyond life. Seeing the obedience of unclean spirits and the death to His words people were amazed and even the religious heads raised the question, “…By what authority does thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” He gave the authority to His disciples also over all the devils and to cure diseases. He had the power to forgive the sins of others. The power of forgiveness complicated the dogmas of contemporary theologians. Through His words and deeds He proved His divinity and the related power He had.
About the life that He received at Bethlehem, He says that no man can take it from Him, but He laid it down of Himself. He had power to lay it down, and He had power to take it again, John 10:17-19. Pontias Pilate challenged Him giving the message that he had the power to crucify Him, and had power to release Him. To which the reply of Jesus might have shocked the whole Roman world as He said that he could have no power at all against Him, except it were given Pilate from above.
Seeing the death of Jesus and the related incidences, the Roman centurion confessed Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus, after the resurrection, announced to His disciples, “all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Today when the world is celebrating His birthday we must understand and remember the authority that He can have in our lives. Celebration can become more meaningful when we understand its significance.
Rev. Dr. Jiji Chacko
Christ Power Mission