The kings of this world are born in castles. They are surrounded from birth by doting slaves. Most of them are removed from their mothers at birth and raised by the king’s servants, taught by the best teachers, fed the richest and best of foods and reared on all the arts of war.

The kings of this world are born in castles. They are surrounded from birth by doting slaves. Most of them are removed from their mothers at birth and raised by the king’s servants, taught by the best teachers, fed the richest and best of foods and reared on all the arts of war.


Some kings, like Henry VIII, Herod the Great and others, would put to death anyone they felt threatened their power; they killed all their old enemies and their father’s enemies. They became spoiled. They chose from the most beautiful women of their country to marry. They often married several women — in western culture, one at a time, such as Henry VIII. But in Eastern cultures they married as many as they could afford. Solomon, son of David of Israel, married a thousand women; 700 were concubines, slave wives with no rights, and 300 were actual wives. He had over 5,000 children. Later, he worshipped the idols some of his wives worshipped. He slowly moved away from the will of God, even though his God had blessed him above all kings of Israel. He was paid tons of gold every year, and silver became as common as rock.


Kings of this world are surrounded by slaves and opulent wealth. But there is a King who was born into poverty,surrounded by animals and the poor. His parents were far from home, oppressed by Roman authority and forced to sign up to be taxed. This King was even farther from his home. He had given up a throne that was above every other throne; he gave up awesome authority to become a helpless infant held the arms of his peasant mother. He was born in an ancient and crowded town, the City of David. There was no room for him; he even had no bed. He was laid in a feeding trough, and instead of silk, he was surrounded with straw and strips of cloth. That was all his parents had to use for him.


The most amazing thing about this King was his humble beginnings on earth after his blazing glory in heaven. He was more than a king; born King of kings and Lord of lords, yet so humble and unknown in his birth that the world spun on, unaware. The Light of heaven and earth was born into this dark world — his birth among shepherds and his death would be among thieves. What an amazing King Jesus is!


Micah 5:2 , written about 700 years B.C. predicted his birth in Bethlehem, and in that unique prophecy Micah says, " … His origin is the days of eternity." The eternal king of heaven, the Son of God, born in the fullness of time.


Never forget the humility of God’s Messiah.


Dr. Mark Berrier is pastor of Central Christian Church in Sherman.