The Hidden King

I love a bit of royal pomp and ceremony. Royal weddings, royal babies and of course, royal coronations! If you have seen original footage of the Queen’s coronation in 1953 (or indeed watched ‘The Crown’ on Netflix), you will have been blown away with the sumptuous robes, the symbolism of the orb and sceptre, the sheer size and weight of the crown! Over 29,000 service personnel were involved in her coronation procession, over 7000 guests were invited to Westminster Abbey for the coronation service and six ladies-in waiting attended to her every need. At the time, it was the most watched event on television.

In Timothy Keller’s ‘Hidden Christmas’, he writes about Jesus being the ‘hidden King’. Not only was Jesus hidden from a murderous King Herod who was threatened by the idea of a new king, but also hidden in that he didn’t quite fit the billing as the ‘promised Messiah’. A lowly born baby, born in a grotty stable in the back blocks of Bethlehem. What was God thinking!

Tim Keller goes on to unpack the various ways we ‘hide’ the truth about the Christmas story not only in the public square, but also in our own lives as well. If we have indeed crowned Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, why isn’t there more fuss? Why do we anticipate the next season of ‘The Crown’ more than the daily presence of the true King? Why have we become so apathetic, so immune to the ‘good news’ of Christmas? Why are we already complaining about the ‘silly season’?

Whilst the following worship song is often associated with Easter, I love the sense of awe, wonder, excitement and celebration that is evoked in the welcoming of the risen King.

Did you feel the mountains tremble
Did you hear the oceans roar
When the people rose to sing of
Jesus Christ the risen one

Did you feel the people tremble
Did you hear the singers roar
When the lost began to sing of
Jesus Christ, the saving one

And we can see that, God, You’re moving
A mighty river through the nations
When young and old return to Jesus
Fling wide, you heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord

Open up the doors and let the music play
Let the streets resound with singing
Songs that bring Your hope
Songs that bring Your joy
Dancers who dance upon injustice

Do you feel the darkness tremble
When all the saints join in one song
And all the streams flow as one river
To wash away our brokenness

Open up the doors and let the music play
Let the streets resound with singing
Songs that bring Your hope
Songs that bring Your joy
Dancers who dance upon injustice

It is my prayer for you and your families this Christmas that you would ‘fling wide’ the gates of your hearts and welcome Jesus, the King with joyous singing and dancing, with expectant hope of the Kingdom to come where all brokenness and injustice will be washed away.

Thanks for your partnership with us this year. We hope that MECS is a place where you and your children see glimpses of this Kingdom each and every day!