"Clash Of Kings" is our theme for the Advent season. Most specifically this "clash" refers to the two rival kings we find in Matthew chapter 2: King Herod and King Jesus. But this conflict is much more ancient and basic than the Christmas story—according to the Bible it is as ancient as human history (see Genesis 3:15).
We hope the graphic will invite each viewer to question what kind of king Jesus is. We come with our assumptions about what a king is and how Jesus does or does not fit that mold.
Although the Bible tells us Jesus is the "Lion of Judah" there are also many examples of lions in Scripture representing anti-God powers.:
As we look at the above Advent graphic we can ask:
- 1 Peter 5:8--"Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
- Psalm 22:13--"Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouth wide against me."
- Proverbs 28:15--"Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people."
- Ezekiel 22:25--"There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her."
- What feeling do you get when you look at this lion?
- Would you want this lion to look at you?
- What kind of lion / king are you following?
Join us this Advent season as we seek to follow Jesus, our true King!