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And now, for the fourth installment of some Christmas meditations…

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Read those lines again and tell me what you think. He (i.e. Jesus) rules the world. Really? Just look at the front page of the newspaper. Or, come off a week of family time and cranky children and too much food and wine and too many presents. Jesus rules the world? Really?
Well, yes. It’s just that he doesn’t rule it the way I would.
This king was born in a stable. This king touched a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. This king ate with tax collectors. This king forgave criminals and welcomed outsiders and loved children. This king was nailed to a cross.
And this king rules through the loving work of his people. I sometimes yearn for a divine proclamation, but Jesus promised instead to use human beings to accomplish his purposes of transforming the world into a place that proves who he is. A king, yes. But a king who rules through truth and grace.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come.

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