Friday, December 8
Son of a King
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:32; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 9:7; Romans 1:1-4
Tracing one’s family tree back in history can be an incredibly exhaustive task; though a fun endeavor on Christmas break. There are many companies today that can trace your ancestry through a simple DNA sample. That would be an interesting Christmas gift!
However, for most generations in human history, people like you and I relied heavily on written documentation, all with the purpose of never forgetting where you came from and whose you are.
In Luke 1:32 we learn a little more about where Jesus came from… the lineage of David. Jesus’ adoptive father, Joseph, was a direct descendant of King David. This fulfilled the prophecy set forth in Isaiah and carried forth the promise of God’s Kingdom through David, and ultimately through his most significant descendant, Jesus. Jesus, therefore, had royal blood and was the son of a king Himself. (in more ways than one!)
David was not a perfect king at all. He would falter… he would sin… he would make the same mistakes that many of us do today. But his coming descendant, Jesus, the Christ, would be the Perfect King. And He would usher God’s Kingdom into eternity according to the Scriptures and establish His throne forever and ever. Thus Christmas celebrates the birth of a royal child; King Jesus.
- How does Jesus' lineage help you see the story of Jesus through both the old and new testaments?
- David was an important person in the lineage of Jesus, and yet made many mistakes. In what ways are you, being a child of the King Jesus, also disobedient to God’s commands?
- How does it feel to now rest in the Kingdom that Jesus has established for all eternity?
Lord, thank you for coming and using your servant David to establish Your eternal reign. I recognize that you use people who make mistakes, just like David, to make Your Name known to the whole world. Forgive me when I take for granted your perfect Word and forget Jesus’ role in my life as both my Savior and my King. I am Your humble servant this season, and I ask that You use me in bringing Your Kingdom to those around me. You alone are worthy, Jesus. Amen.You