Monday, December 22, 2008

O Rex Gentium

Isaiah 9.5

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

How we bristle at authority. How we rebel. How we fight the powers that be and hunker down into our own independence. In our rebellion, we have hardend our hearts. We have allowed ourselves to freeze up from within. We have allowed the stifling coldness of our hearts to harden us through to our very core.

Jesus, the King, the Ruler of us all, comes not as a despot or tyrant. He comes knowing us better than we know us. He comes, breaking the frost of our rebellion not with a weapon or his royal staff, but with his cross and with the warmth of his Presnece and the gentleness of his embrace.

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