He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David,
and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever;
His kingdom will never end.
Have you ever explored your family tree through one of the several ancestry websites? With a few clicks you can get started on an enlightening descent through history toward the roots of your heritage. A genealogy provides a sense of history; you are rooted in that history. It connects the present to the past. It shows you that you are not just some random person; you came from a specific lineage of mothers and fathers through the ages.
Jesus has a genealogy too. He's not just some random person who appeared on the scene. He came from a specific lineage of mothers and fathers; the promise of His coming is rooted in that history.
One of His most notable ancestors is King David. David was in many ways the ideal king. Israel grew to its height of power and territory under this mighty king. There was no one like him. But God promised great David a much greater son, a descendant who would rule like none other. David recognized this as a promise and prophecy of the Messiah, the Christ. Time and time again in the Old Testament this longed-for descendant of David is spoken of, even long after David died. Do you understand then why the angel Gabriel described the one to be born to Mary as the One who would sit on the throne of His father David and reign forever? Jesus came as God's fulfillment of that promise!
What kind of never-ending kingdom did "the Son of the Most High" come to establish? What kind of rule would make Him greater than great King David? You see exactly what His kingdom is about in these words: "To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever!" (Revelation 1:5,6) Earthly kings often build their kingdoms by shedding the blood of others; David himself was a man of war. Jesus, the Son of the Most High, established His kingdom through shedding His own blood. The good news of the kingdom of Christ is this: In His name, you are forgiven fully! Believe the good news and enjoy life now and forever in His kingdom! This is why Christ came to earth; this is why we celebrate Christmas!
See how the blessings of Christmas extend throughout the year to fill your everyday life!
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.