...Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
As the crude, wooden manger points to the old, rugged cross, we see quite a different hat worn on the head of our Lord. “And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head,” (Mt. 27:29). A crown should rightly display honor, not horror. In His pain, this “crown” placed firmly and angrily upon the head of our Messiah quickly became red with His own blood, and pointed to a life of servanthood, sacrifice and love. Beneath that crown of thorns, Jesus was still exposed and vulnerable, only relying upon the promise and plan of His heavenly Father. From little one to Light of the world, Jesus’ radiantly presented the I AM here on earth.
Finally, when Jesus returns to reign forever, He will wear not one crown, but many–a stark indication that His kingship will rule over all nations and all kings for all eternity. “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:11-16)
As you place your own hat on your head today, or see a fuzzy, red Santa hat pass by this Christmas season, remember the One who dons many hats on our behalf–Savior, Redeemer and coming King.
“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:31-33).
Lord, as we contemplate Immanuel, God with us this Christmas season, help us to remember the hats of sacrifice and love that you wore for our sake. May we humbly kneel before the manger and the cross as we consider the greatness of Jesus, our coming King. Amen.