When we worship and give control of our lives to the Just King, we experience abundant life.
There are three types of kings represented in the Christmas story: the joyous kings (the Magi), the jealous king (King Herod) and the Just King (Jesus). When the wise men arrived to worship the young Child, they “fell down” to worship Him (Matthew 2:11). “Fell down” does not mean to bow, but to fall violently; to be broken and shattered. Their response to the presence of Jesus was worship and extravagant giving. Likewise, we’ll have the kind of encounter with God that He wants us to have when we respond to His presence with worship and extravagant giving.
The difference between living as a “joyous king” or a “jealous king” is whether or not we will worship the Just King.
King Herod operated in a spirit that was in direct contrast to the spirit of Christ. The Herodian spirit, which still exists today, seeks to gain and keep control and get one’s own way. It’s an insecure, self-pleasing, manipulative spirit. However, Jesus—the Just King—demonstrated just the opposite, choosing to become dependent upon His creation and ultimately sacrificing Himself for them. He rose again as a conquering King, and He is able to conquer any form of bondage in our lives.