Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
I. THE LORD JESUS IS OUR KING.
1. He is in person and character pre-eminent-above all others even of the saintliest, and wisest, and noblest.
2. To each believer He is a King to be obeyed. When His blood cleanses us, His love rules us.
3. He is King in the midst of His Church. Secular courts have no authority in the Kingdom of Jesus.
4. He will be seen to be King in the day of His second advent.
II. HIS ROYAL CHARACTER.
1. Was there ever such a Prince as our Emmanuel, if we think of His person, His pedigree, His descent, His nature? This King of ours is not only the flower and crown of manhood, but He is also very God of very God. He is God over all, blessed for ever: the Son of the Highest.
2. His deeds of love to us.
3. His glorious achievements.
4. The principles of His government. They are fountains of peace and purity.
III. THE BENEFITS OF HIS REIGN.
1. He is the Creator of His own empire. Each one of us must own for himself, and all of us together unitedly, that He hath made us, and not we ourselves; by His sovereign grace He has chosen, and redeemed, and called, and sanctified us, therefore will we be joyful in Him.
2. While our King has created His own kingdom, He has also sanctified and sustained that kingdom. Let the streams rejoice in the fountain, let the walls of the temple be joyful in the foundation.
3. It is He who has saved us and given us peace.
4. Is there anything that is needful which He has not given? Is there anything that is good that He has withheld? Have we any virtue? have we any praise? Then not unto us, not unto us, but unto His name be the glory. Nor is it alone in the past and in the present that we are debtors; we look forward to a future of obligations.
IV. LET US BE JOYFUL IN THE CONTINUANCE OF THE REDEEMER'S REIGN.
1. The ages past have not taken away from the length of His reign.
2. The age of our King has not enfeebled Him.
3. As to His Kingdom, there is no fear of its failing.
V. LET US OBEY HIM WITH DELIGHT. Let us take into our hands a duty and a thanksgiving, a precept and a praise. Let us make up our whole life of the intertwisting of duty and delight. Let us be holy and happy. Let us turn obedience into gladness. That which else were drudgery we will exalt to a priestly sacrificing as we serve the Lord with gladness and rejoice before Him.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
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