The Birth of a King

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Jesus was born in a world dominated by Rome and its rulers, led by its first emperor, Caesar Augustus. But the years after Augustus were marked by disputes and controversies.

Consider Rome’s sixth emperor, Servius Sulpicius Galba, who was born on this day in 3 BC. His career shows us how dangerous it was to become a Roman leader.

He had a successful political career in the Senate, served as an army general, and was appointed to key political positions. But, when he was the governor of Spain, he learned that he had offended Nero, who then was emperor. Learning that Nero was planning his assassination, he joined with others in fighting back. In the ensuring conflict, Nero committed suicide, and Galba was named emperor.

But he was not able to survive long in this exalted position. Seeking to eliminate rivals, Galba executed many highly-placed Romans, alienating many key politicians and soldiers. After a reign of only seven months, Galba himself was assassinated.

Today, politicians clamor for office. Some fight and claw, eager to seize the limelight, to achieve power.

But Jesus was different, showing us the right path. Born in a stable with no fanfare, He never fought for power. He simply faithfully served the Father. When some tried to make Him king, He “withdrew” (John 6:15). Even though He was God, He became a servant and “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.” Because of His humility and example, God “highly exalted him.”

The Bible reminds us that at His name every knee will bow (Philippians 2:5-10). That He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). That, unlike politicians, “He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

Today, worship Jesus. Born in a stable but now reigning forever. Our humble King. Our Messiah.