December 3, 2006
When the angel foretold Christ’s birth to Mary, he was actually telling a very old story: that of God’s redemption of humanity. At the story’s center was the arrival of the long-awaited King, promised by Scripture. Jesus’ claim to the throne was a major irritant for Herod—and, as Alistair Begg reminds us, it can be a major irritant for us, too, in our pride. Jesus is not content with being merely a bit part in our personal kingdoms; He demands obedience, and His claim on our lives cannot be denied.