When Jesus Left His Throne

While trying to think about what to blog today, my mom suggested her favorite Christmas carol, “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.” It’s more than just for Christmas as it gives a summary of Jesus’ life, yet it’s a very good song for Christmas. Here is the first verse:

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus –
There is room in my heart for Thee!

Let’s talk about that. Jesus left Heaven – the place of God’s dwelling and the place where Jesus is fully recognized as the holy King of all. Jesus left His throne and all that came with it so that He could come to earth and save us from sin and death. The King of everything left his throne to become a baby, and He didn’t even have a place to be born – at least not a place where you’d want to give birth to a child! There was no other place that had room.

The writer of the lyrics, Emily E.S. Elliot, goes on to tell of the angels singing and proclaiming Jesus’ royal decree, and then tells of Jesus’ humility in leaving that royal position to come to us. The words go on about Jesus life and the loving reason He came in the first place, ending with what it will be like to have Him finally call us to Heaven where He’s made room for us!

Jesus left His throne for you. He wanted you to have a way to be in Heaven with Him when the time comes for you to leave this life and go to the next.


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