A global king
Those who know me well will have likely heard me talk about my sense of the decreasing value of national identity and importance of national boundaries in the next century, in response to technology and globalisation.* Amazon, Google and Starbucks provide just one example of this playing out in the world of international business. Conversely, in the UK we also see a call for increased devolution of government, and an increasing sense of value in local community.
At Christmas we celebrate the coming of a global king, who reigns today, and whose reign will one day be ultimate. I wonder what difference that knowledge should make in our lives as we reflect on different situations.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2 NIVUK)
Some notes from Good News of Great Joy.
- Unlike Luke, Matthew does not tell us about the shepherds coming to visit Jesus in the stable. His focus is immediately on foreigners coming from the east to worship Jesus.
- Matthew portrays Jesus at the beginning and the end of hid Gospel as a universal Messiah for the nations, not just the Jews.
- One of the repeated prophecies [in the Old Testament] was that the nations and kings would, in fact, come to him as the ruler of the world.
- As you read the news this week, consider how many of the situations we find there are fuelled by a focus on protecting national interests.
- How do these issues reflect the human tendency towards selfishness, rather than loving others above ourselves?
- How might you ask a global ruler to intervene in some of these situations? How might this shape your prayers to the global king Jesus?
- In what ways would you appreciate prayer to overcome selfishness, and increase your love and commitment to others?
*If this is the sort of thing that interests you, too, let’s talk! Leave me a comment below.
I work as Head of Global Communications for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), having previously worked with Compudava (now Endava) in Moldova, building web applications, and for Wesley Management, working with small businesses and charities. I have a passion to see intelligent application of digital technology to serve the Church and mission. Married to the lovely Ruth.