Dr. Bruce Ware, professor at Southern Seminary, writes, “We live in a culture that despises authority at every level. (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, pg 137). This is a problem, for in God’s eyes rebellion is cosmic treason. For this reason the Son of God became man, to make peace with those in rebellion against his gracious authority.

To a young virgin, the angel Gabriel announced this rescue mission. “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).

Jesus came to restore the throne of God’s kingdom in the hearts of men. But here is the catch. He would exercise this authority as a lowly servant. It would mean a sinless life followed by the rejection of Israel, death on a cross, and resurrection from the dead.

How should we respond? Like the Wise Men we should bow low in worship, overcome with joy, eager to obey and serve our gracious sovereign.