What Child Is This?

th-9This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The babe, the son of Mary.

Jews still seek their Messiah. If you are ever around a devout orthodox Jew who is truly longing for Messiah, you will be humbled. Their longing can easily eclipse our knowing.

Part of that is because as Gentiles, we have been grafted into the Family Tree. We draw life from all that history, but we don’t fully grasp it. Abraham is not in our DNA. We don’t have the history. We didn’t grow up on the stories – celebrating the remembrances. We don’t really know the depth of that enduring hope. How long, O Lord, how long? We measure everything back 2,000 years when Christ came to earth. Our Jewish brethren have a few thousand years prior to that added onto their calendar. Their calendar keeps on running – their longing, unabated. It’s still B.C..

Another part of this difference, and probably a bigger one, however, is that we are not still seeking. There is this idea that because for us Messiah has come, we don’t need to seek him anymore. He came; He’s here; He’s even in my heart. That implies that I am fully aware of what this means and I have given Him full control of my life. I don’t know about you, but I have a ways to go here.

This is all especially real at Christmastime.

We marvel at the birth; we sing the carols and feel the warm glow of candlelight on Christmas Eve, but do we have a clue who this baby really is, and what He asks of us now? Are we seeking to have Christ all over our life with the same intensity that Jews seek their Messiah? Do we seek Him in all our dealings? Have we given Him scrutiny over every piece of our lives? Are we seeking to know who this is that has saved us, or are we just taking the salvation and going on our way, thank you very much? Are we too flippant or too sentimental over having found the real Messiah?

When the Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well of Jacob encountered the truth that the man she had been talking with was the long-awaited Messiah, she went and got the whole town to come meet Him.  “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” (John 4:29) Either this woman had a great deal of influence in this town, or the longing for Messiah was so great that no one could pass up the possibility that she might be right. What if he was, and they missed it? Unthinkable.

What kind of claim does Christ have on our lives? Quite a bit, I would say. Whatever He wants. Well then, shouldn’t we be about finding that out? Indeed, that would be a great focus to have this season, wouldn’t it? His grace is one thing; His lordship is quite another. This isn’t a little baby we invited into our lives; it is the long-awaited King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What are the implications of that for my life today? Don’t you want to find that out?

Wise men still seek Him. Wise Christians do too.

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