The Promised King Has Come

Merry-Christmas-Banner-imagesMerry Christmas from The Classical Thistle! We pray that you will enjoy this season with your family and friends and remember that God has become flesh and that our Savior will come again. I wanted to share with you a Christmas poem that I performed for our church’s Christmas Eve services. The goal of the poem is to put the Christmas story in a whole biblical theology. PDF Version Here.

“The Promised King Has Come” by Kyle Rapinchuk

In thinking about Christmas that’s just round the corner

I wonder “Will we get it right?”

What’s the significance? What really happened?

When a virgin gave birth on that night

See the baby she bore though he looked like all others

Was certainly not the same

He was sent by the Father with a mission to save

And Jesus was his name

But while many will huddle ‘round tables and trees

This Christmas to read of his birth

The story begins quite a long time before

When Yahweh created the earth

So in order to tell you why Christmas is important

Rather than starting where you may anticipate

I must first begin with the problem we have

Of sin and where it originates

For just at the moment sin entered the world

So did the curse on creation

But a promise to Eve of her offspring to come

Who would bring about restoration

But the promise God made to send forth a savior

Did not stop there with Eve

In Genesis 12, 15, 17, 22

This redeemer will be Abraham’s seed

Then from Judah will come a king like no other

To whom the scepter belongs

God brings him out of Egypt and raises him up

As proclaimed in Balaam’s song

And this king will be more says Deuteronomy 18

Though it’s a passage that many are missin’

Cause the king that they longed for will be also a prophet

The one to whom they are to listen

Then though Joshua brings Israel into the land

He cannot provide them rest

Cause the son promised to David, some 400 years later

Is the one who’ll provide rest the best

So in the remainder of the books that we call historical

We wonder, “Is this king our guy?”

But though some kings of Judah do right in God’s eyes

They all fail and eventually die

In the wisdom and poetry books one can see

Many more passages looking for him

And the prophets continue this hopeful approach

Though the outlook was often quite dim

I could go on all day about Old Testament texts

That point us to God’s promised Son

But here I’ll be brief, give just a few key examples

To show you that he is the one

Psalm 2 and 110, he’s the king and the priest

The one kings and nations must praise

And in 72 he will bless all the nations

And the Lord will lengthen his days

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve

Have much to say to one who’s observant

He’s the child, the judge, the branch of David, the shepherd

But he’s also the suffering servant

Yet they go into exile for 70 years

Before returning home

And though they are back in the land God had promised

The conquering king has not come



400 years the Lord had nothing to say

Until he brought forth a prophet named John to prepare the way

And a young Jewish virgin received startling news

About a child she would bear who was king of the Jews

Then all in a rush we see Scripture fulfilled

The Son of God sent, the king revealed

Son of Abraham and David, the king of the earth

Hailed by shepherds then wise men, the king from his birth

Open your Bible, turn to Matthew 1&2

And look at his list of what the prophets foreknew

He was born of a virgin as Isaiah 7 proclaims

In Bethlehem, the place Micah 5:2 names

God calls him out of Egypt, Hosea 11, but wait

He also looks back to the king in Numbers 24:8

But Herod so jealous kills all boys under two in the nation

Stirring echoes of Jeremiah 31 and Rachel’s loud lamentation

Then one more fulfillment, seemingly out of place in v. 23

The claim that this king shall be called a Nazarene

But by looking at the Hebrew word netzer we see

That Matthew means the branch of Isaiah 11:1b

We see Jesus all over the New Testament pages

Fulfilling what was spoken by the prophets through the ages


There’s just a few more examples I’d like to impart

But as I do so I ask you to examine your heart

What place does this king have in your life? I ask you to consider

Because what he did for you demands more than following him on Twitter

So here it goes, my gospel presentation

While rhyming the message of Mark to Revelation

The same wisdom in Proverbs 8 active in creation

Was the Word in John 1 and the Son in Colossians

Hebrews 1 declares he’s the image, the imprint

Of the invisible God, become man, heaven-sent

Though the Lord of creation at the Father’s right hand

He humbled himself in becoming a man

The Word from eternity taking on flesh

And dwelling among us though this world’s a mess

Think about how the one John called God’s lamb

Is the Lion of Judah, the Great I AM

Gave up his lifestyle, divine though it was

Becoming a servant and dying, for us

Yet he rose from the dead, he couldn’t be held by the grave

And with his resurrection, shown mighty to save

Now he’s been given a name above any other

Yet still condescends to call sinners his brother

Provided they trust him as Savior and Lord

By repenting of sin and trusting his word

It requires faith, being led by the Spirit

Then God grants salvation to those with ears to hear it

And though he has come the first time to save

He will come again to judge at the end of days

He’ll establish his kingdom, do justice on earth

And all of his people will ascribe him his worth

So this Christmas instead of just playing some tunes

About Rudolf and Frosty and dads in Santa costumes

How about we think on the most gracious treasure

Ever given to man by quite a long measure

For the gift of the Son, our example and savior

Our Lord and Redeemer become baby in a manger

So let us raise our voice with the angelic host

To the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost


©2017 Kyle D. Rapinchuk

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