"Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!" (Psalm 24:8-10)
All throughout the scriptures, many people have asked and been asked: "Who is this King?" In Exodus, Pharaoh proclaims, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go?" (Exodus 5) In Psalms, David marvels at this very question of "who is this King of glory?" (Psalm 24). While Jesus was on earth, many questioned: "Who is this?" (Matthew 21:10). Still others asked, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies?" (Luke 5:21) and "Who is this, who even forgives sins?” (Luke 7:49). After hearing what others thought of him, Jesus asks his disciples, "But who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:13-20).
Heading into this Christmas celebration and in continuing together on the ELI journey, I wanted to pose Jesus' question one more time to each of us:
"But who do you say that I am..."
In your career, time, and money?
In your workplace, professional roles, and leadership?
In your relationships, friendships, and family?
In your purpose, passions, and aspirations?
In deepening our understanding of Decision-Making, it is our core values that guide and direct the how of what we do. At our core, who we say that Jesus is? In his book, Hidden Christmas, Tim Keller writes, "Christian faith is not a negotiation but a surrender. . . . [And] our greatest motive for surrendering to him cannot be for what he will do in us. It must be to love him for what he did for us.” Jesus, the King, came in the lowliest and most unexpected of ways, taking on the form of a baby, becoming flesh. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).
As leaders and followers of Christ, who we say Jesus is (both in word and deed) matters. When He asks, what will you say? This Christmas, I pray that we may not experience it as simply another holiday. Rather, may we be sensitive to how this King - the one who fights for us, establishes peace, and laid down his life for our salvation - is actively seeking to transform us this season.
“If you think it takes courage to be with [Jesus], consider that it took infinitely more courage for him to be with you. Only Christianity says one of the attributes of God is courage. No other religion has a God who needed courage” (Tim Keller).