The King Is Here Kyle Asmus

February 19, 2018

There’s this great scene in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe when Narnia begins to thaw out after years of being covered in snow and ice. Spring finally came after years of crippling cold. The trees were budding, the brook bubbling, and with it a sense of hope was restored to the creatures of Narnia. Why? Aslan, the King of Narnia, who had been gone for years had returned. With him the promise of life was renewed. Narnia rejoiced because their King was present again—delivering them from the cold death that haunted their existence.

We rejoice for the same reason.

As Christians, we sing and dance because our King condescended into the cold darkness and breathed light and hope into our lives. We cannot help but shout “The King Is Here! The King Is Here!” because everything changed with His arrival.

We introduced the song “The King Is Here” a couple of weeks ago at our morning gatherings. I love the first verse:

The earth is awakening
The mountains are trembling
The oceans hold their breath
For this holy moment

These lines remind us of creation and humanity’s great anticipation for Christ to come. It’s so easy for me to forget the climate of longing that encompassed the Jewish people. They begged and pleaded for the Messiah to come and deliver them from Roman Oppression. They held onto the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam 7) believing that Yahweh would be faithful to His promises.

Little did the Jews know that they weren’t the only ones longing. All of humanity and all creation awaited a redeemer. Sin had ruptured EVERYTHING. So that when Jesus did finally arrive the whole world erupted in praise!

The chorus captures this fulfillment:

Sing, sing it out let the earth resound

For the King is here, the King is here

Shout, shout it out for the hope we've found

For the King is here, the King is here

This song is our story.

It’s our anthem. It’s the heartbeat of our worship. Our King is here. He is among us, and we have freedom from sin and death in His presence. Let’s remember where we are in the story as we continue to learn and sing this song as a community. We are on the other end of anticipation. We experience the consummation of thousands of years of longing. We are the most privileged people in the universe. Let us sing! Let us shout! Let us dance! The wait is over.

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