Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalms 24:7-10 KJV
In a small barn in the Hebrides, in a small village called Barvas several men from a nearby Church were stirred to pray.
They were stirred because the community was far from Church and given to drink. They were also given to poaching. The community was far from God.
These men prayed 5 months. The scripture above quoted was the scripture that opened the heavens as they prayed its significance in their lives. They asked themselves who could ascend the mount of the Lord? And invite the hearers to welcome the King of Glory.
It seems that here the barn in Barvas the prayers changed from introspection to declaring the covenant of 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if Gods people seek Him then He will answer.
Over the last few days we have unwrapped Christmas. We have gone behind the scenes to discover where God’s star is shining. Where Christ is birthing in our midst.
In this message we see the birthing of Jesus as being the central message of Christmas. As I meditated on this message I heard this scripture in Psalm 24, that contrasts with our celebration. We are no longer welcoming the baby but the King.
And it is here we lose sight due to the tradition of Christmas, whilst we remember His birth we stay stuck on Jesus the Baby, and His mission as Saviour. However the evangelistic message for those who are needing to know Him.
However for the Church we must not just embrace Jesus as the Saviour, but as Judge and Lord. Our lack of vision theologically has limited our effectiveness. The reason being that we stay with this Saviour Jesus and God the Father being some kind of Father Christmas, who demands nothing and expects little.
As it is the lack of the Fear of the Lord has invaded not only collectively but families whose lack of understanding means that the cohesion of our lives with God’s divine plan for United families and good relationships pulls at the very fabric of society.
Christmas as we celebrate it today must also mean that we welcome the Ascended Lord in His real identity. This means that whilst the Church calendar celebrates aspects of Biblical narrative we must not allow this “yearly routine” blind us to the multiforme truth that the Bible presents.
Ultimately the Lord of Glory desires to manifest in our day. It is up to us to open the doors of heaven in our prayers.
What opens those heavenly doors? The knowledge that God fulfils His Covenant.
In Barvas the result of this praying, asking God to fulfil His Word, the brilliant light of His Glory shone in that barn and the whole island of Hebrides was impacted by the presence of God. Churches were full of seeking souls and crime disappeared.
God desires to use the Christmas story to say ; “I came once to the earth, but even in this generation I desire to come again to the Church and her saints “
This Christmas it means that we celebrate the Babe who became King and Lord. That way our tradition fades away and the doors of heaven can surely open so that however Jesus is birthed and in whatever form, our society can abandon humanism, and embrace the fact we as spiritual beings need Christ our spiritual Creator.
Come Lord this Christmas…