A Humble King

Luke 2:1-7

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.

3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


Preached at FBC Toulon, IL on December 16, 2001 by Albert Harmon; see it at toulonbaptist.com

What amazes me about this passage is not that there was no room in the inn. Those are the hard knocks of life. It does not amaze me that Mary would have to lay Him in a manger, for that was better than nothing. Nor does it amaze me that Jesus was born at such an unfortunate time, for that could happen to anyone.

What amazes me it that God allowed His Son, the King of the Jews to be treated so. You do realize that if anyone could, God could have pulled a few strings.

You know some of the guest of the inn could have become ill and never been able to make it there. Or God could have just made the earth quake a little as the innkeeper recommended the stable to Mary and Joseph. Or God could have given the innkeeper a vision that would have frightened anyone to grief if he would turn away the expectant couple that would show up for a room the next day.

Or God could have clued the innkeeper in on the up coming increase in business so that he would have made adequate provisions.

The point is, that Jesus needed not to be born in a barn.

I think the solution is very simple. Jesus was truly born King of the Jews, someone due all honor and glory due such a title. But He did not burst into the world and rule people who would not have Him as their King. He did not force people into submission.

But Jesus came to be a humble king. That seems like an oxymoron, sort of like military intelligence or unbiased news reporting. It would seem that such a thing does not exist and are even contrary to known facts.

But Jesus was a king and He was humble, so He was the humble King.

As we prepare our hearts this Christmas, let us consider this humble King.


  1. To a willing subject
    1. It is like riding a horse, if two people are riding the same horse, only one can be in front.
      1. The question is are we willing to take a back seat to Jesus.
    2. To guide with the eye
      1. Ps 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
      2. Some apply this to God's conduct and direction. He teaches us by his word and guides us with his eye, by the secret intimations of his will in the hints and turns of Providence, which he enables his people to understand and take direction from, as a master makes a servant know his mind by a wink of his eye. When Christ turned and looked upon Peter he guided him with his eye. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary)
      3. Luke 22:60-62 But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (NKJ)
    3. Easily lead not like a horse with a bridle
      1. Ps 32:9-10 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
  2. Only when we allow
    1. Just because we come into the church on Sunday and give Jesus lordship over those couple hours of our lives does it mean that He is Lord of the rest.
    2. When we submit to Him at one time does not mean that we will submit to Him at other times.
  3. Only in the areas of our lives that we give Him.
    1. I remember when I was hardly a teenager, my older brother gave a message at church.
      1. It was simple but profound.
      2. He likened his life to a house filled with many rooms.
      3. He said that the rooms were all locked and he had all the keys.
      4. He said that when you make Jesus your Savior that you give Him the keys to the rooms of your life.
      5. But that most of us have a few rooms that we keep the keys to those rooms so we alone have access to them
      6. It is then that we deny our King His rightful place in our lives.
    2. How true it is.
      1. We each have areas where Jesus rules and areas where He is not even allowed in.
      2. Of course He has the key to the Worship room, but may not have the key to the entertainment room or even the TV room.
  4. There are benefits
    1. Isa 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (NKJ)
    2. If you would do His will
      1. John 7:17 "If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. (NKJ)
      2. It is if we want to, that is what it depends upon.
  5. Jesus still beckons us to yield to Him today.
    1. Matt 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (NKJ)

But for many God demands too much of them, they do not want that much of God.

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please, not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. -- Wilbur Rees, Leadership, Vol. 4, no. 1.


This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com