We believe that the incarnation is the beginning of the Kingdom of God. Jesus was born the King of Israel; he was born a king, died a king, rose again as king, and he now sits enthroned at the right hand of God the Father as king ruling and reigning over all. This is the message of Advent that God has come to be the King of the world in Jesus. This means that Christmas is a political event. Herod was right to be worried about the birth of Jesus; while his attempts at ridding the world of this king were futile, the threat he felt was right and good. We live in a world that does not care if you celebrate some generic season or holiday. Our culture doesn’t care if you say ‘Jesus is the reason for the Season’. They don’t care as long as you keep that religious piety behind your eyes and between your ears. But the celebration of Christmas is the announcement of the birth of the King. He is King of America; He is King of the United Nations; He is King of Africa and Asia. And no amount of legislating can change that. The House of Representatives can debate all they want, but Jesus is King and he does what he pleases. Therefore as you go about your holiday business: your shopping, your celebrating, your going out and coming in, wish one another and those around you a Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas because Jesus is King. Merry Christmas: Jesus is Lord.