“Jesus: The Son of David”
Midweek Advent Devotion
December 2, 2020
Primary Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:1; Matthew 1:6
Supplemental Scripture Readings: Psalm 110; Isaiah 9:6-7
Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus!
The much beloved Christmas hymn asks “What Child is This?” Our Midweek Advent series this year asks “Whose Kid is this, Anyway?” Today we study that Jesus is the Son of David.
The British Empire has seen some famous kings / queens / monarchs. They’ve been famous and popular (like Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth I, and Richard the Lionhearted). They’ve also been infamous and unpopular (like King Henry V and King Edward VIII).
St. Matthew begins his genealogy of Jesus by anchoring Him into a royal blood line – “the Son of David.” What a great ancestor to claim!
David, the shepherd boy who would write “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23).
David, Jesse’s son, anointed by God to be the 2nd King of Israel (1 Samuel 16).
David, the young boy who brought down the giant enemy Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
But don’t be so quick to forget David and Bathsheba when David became an adulterer and a murderer. King David was masterfully rebuked by the Prophet Nathan (2 Samuel 11) and is still remembered today for his painfully penitential prayer for mercy (Psalm 51).
“Whose kid is this, anyway?”
Matthew tells us. Jesus is the Son of David. He is the son of a beloved saint, who could do no wrong in the eyes of many. And He is the son of a dirty, rotten sinner, who could do no right in his own eyes, standing in front of His righteous God.
Unlike His famous royal ancestor, Jesus is altogether a different kind of king – a righteous King Whose Kingdom has no end, the One Who comes to save the high and mighty when they fall from their thrones and the One Who comes to save the meek and lowly who have no strength of their own (Deuteronomy 10:18). King Jesus, the Son of David, came for you and for me (John 3:16-17).
King Jesus’ kingly crown was not golden but thorny (Matthew 27:29).
King Jesus’ kingly robes were nothing but sin and shame – our sin and shame (Genesis 3:8-11; Matthew 27:27-35; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Lion of Judah became the sacrificial Lamb Who was slain for the sin of the entire world (Isaiah 11:6; John 1:29; Romans 6:10; Revelation 5).
King Jesus gave up His Throne, abdicating it for the sake of His people (Matthew 26:53-54; John 3:13; John 6:51; John 18:36-37).
King Jesus took on the form of a servant and became obedient unto death (Philippians 2:5-11). The inscription over His head was the only thing announcing His royalty (Matthew 27:37).
All of this is very important for you and for me! Jesus is the King Who cares about His people above Himself. He is our King!
Jesus ushers in a new Kingdom that is proclaimed in His Word and given to us by grace and received by faith (Psalm 70:4; Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 3:1).
It’s that King Who came for us once and it’s that King Who is coming again for us!
With King David, we join in proclaiming “Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom and Your Dominion endures throughout all generations” (Psalm 145:13).
Thanks be to God!
Hymn Verses –
The King shall come when morning dawns, and light triumphant breaks,
When beauty guilds the eastern hills, and life to joy awakes.
Not as of old a little child, to bear and fight and die,
But, crowned with glory as the sun, that lights the morning sky.
Oh, brighter than the rising morn, when Christ, victorious, rose,
And left the lonesome place of death, despite the rage of foes.
Oh, brighter than that glorious morn, shall dawn upon our race,
The Day when Christ in splendor comes, and we shall see His Face.
The King shall come when morning dawns, and light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ, the Lord! Your people pray, “Come quickly, King of kings!”
“The King Shall Come” by John Brownlie, 1859-1925, alt. is Public Domain.
Grace and peace to you!
Pastor Christopher Schaar