How Many Kings

Music HighwayToday is the sixth day of the first month, January of the year 2018. It is also well known in Christianity as the day of Epiphany. This day is celebrated to commemorate (it could have been another day of the year) when the Magi arrived at Joseph and Mary’s location to honor and worship the future king, Jesus, who was a child at the time.

Why would these men, who were probably kings of nations themselves somewhere very distant
from Jerusalem, make the effort and expense to
come to Bethlehem? Not much is known about
them. But if they truly were kings having
subjects of their own, AND if they knew Jesus
was to be an important king of the world in the
future, then what they did exemplified what God,
the Son of God, did for mankind. They humbled
themselves to a King just as Jesus humbled
Himself for us.

The Magi acknowledging the future King of this world
pictures what the Bible several times says about
Jesus, who is God with us, being the . . .
King of kings and Lord of lords” :

1) 1 Timothy 6:15

2) Revelation 1:5

3) Revelation 17:14

4) Revelation 19:16

5) Revelation 19:11-16

6) Deuteronomy 10:17

7) Psalm 136:3

 

Gold, frankincence and myrrh

The fact that these dignitaries from the Orient brought only three gifts – gold, frankincence, and myrrh did not mean there were only three Magi princes. There could have been several more of them presenting the same gifts.

Did they know in advance any of the symbolism of these gifts that reflected how Christ was to suffer and die before being crowned by His Father in heaven? I am not sure. But they obviously knew Jesus was a very, very, very significant individual.
Otherwise, why would they have traveled
so far to worship Him?

Anyway, the YouTube Christmas song below, How Many Kings, expresses this wonderful event of the Magi in Bethlehem. Marc Martel, one of the lead singers of the musical group, Downhere, and a writer of the song, related to a reporter, Kevin Davis, how he received inspiration regarding his composing of it:

“When my record label approached our band about writing original Christmas songs, I set out to write a song that I had never heard said before relative to the Christmas story. My favorite thing about Christmas is that as a believer, I am often challenged by the fact that God’s way of doing things often seems to be the opposite of what we would come up with. Instead of the world’s way of coming down to earth, which would involve celebrity, riches, arrogance, our God and Savior chose humility, poverty and the ultimate sacrifice of dying on a cross hanging between two thieves. This completely humbles me as a believer. I’m amazed at how God uses the mundane to save us from our sin and ourselves.

My dad is a pastor at a small church in Canada and he’s never come down to Tennessee to see our band perform. The first time my dad heard this song on the radio last year, he did something he’s never done before. He actually called me up on the phone just to tell me how much he liked my song. I was blown away by his reaction since he’s always supported my decision to become a musician but has never had that strong of a reaction before. What really struck me was the amazing parallel between what I wrote about in the song “How Many Kings” which is how the heart of a father loving his son the way my father felt when he heard the song is a human example of how God’s loving heart for His son Jesus caused Him to give up His son for me. Completely humbling and what Christmas is all about.” [1]

I suggest that you pay attention to the lyrics of the YouTube video song.  It summarizes what God the Father and Jesus Christ did for all of us. The Magi visiting Christ will soon be duplicated once again when all of the nations’ kings, lords, and princes will also bend their knees to a King who humbled Himself years ago on our behalf.

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[1] Davis, Kevin. “NewReleaseToday.” Christian Music, New Christian Music – NewReleaseToday, 2007

 

Downhere – origin: Canada (1999)

How Many Kings   (2007)
lyrics – Jason Germain, Marc Martel
music – Jason Germain, Marc Martel
sung by – Downhere
genre – Christmas rock, Christmas music
album – How Many Kings: Songs For Christms (2009)

LYRICS:

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl
Just a child
Is this who we’ve waited for?

Album

How many kings step down from their thrones
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for?

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only wanted that for me

Oh, all for me, oh
All for me, all for you
All for me, all for you
All for me, all for you
All for me, all for you

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least?
How many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only wanted that for me, oh

All for me, all for you

 

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