Jesus is the Son of David

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Luke 1:31-32 “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 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.” Extra Reading:   Luke 1:26-38 NIV Bible

We read here where Luke records the angel’s announcement to Mary that God’s promise would be fulfilled. Jesus comes from the lineage of David. He is the son of David. He is also, as the angel Gabriel announced, the Son of the Most High, the Son of God. Later, other angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields and announced that “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). People observed Jesus start His ministry, saw His miracles and were astonished and asked, “Could this be the Son of David?” (Matthew 12:23). They could not believe that the people of God had been looking for such a person for a thousand years. The ministry of Jesus continued to grow and more and more people started to put their hope in Him. Crowds were lining the streets when He arrived in Jerusalem. They waved palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” (Matthew 21:9). They were convinced that Jesus would fulfill the ancient promise that God gave David many years back. Others understood that Jesus is not only the Son of David, but also the Son of God (Matthew 16:16; John 11:27). It is strange that the demons were the first to recognize this. As soon as Jesus addressed them, they knew who He was (Mark 5:7). Jesus affirmed that He is indeed the Son of God. Caiaphas, the high priest, asked Him directly, “Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God,” and Jesus gave him a straight answer, “Yes, it is as you say” (Matthew 26:63-64).

I praise God that Jesus fulfilled the mystery of God’s promise to David. He was God in the flesh, and He took His flesh from the line of David. David’s son was also God’s Son! What an amazing truth! People needed to listen carefully to what Jesus would say about the building of the temple. John also tells us that at the beginning of His ministry, Jesus announced in the temple courts: “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19). People who heard Him thought that He was inviting them to bulldoze the physical building so that He could rebuild it. They reminded Him, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days? “But when Jesus spoke about the temple that would be destroyed, He was not talking about the building; He was talking about His own body. The building that stood around Him as He spoke had at one time been the place where God met with His people, but it had become a centre of commercial business activity. Thank God that the presence of God is found in Jesus Christ. When Jesus was crucified, the temple of His body was torn down. When He rose three days later, it was built again. A few years later in 70 A.D, the temple building in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, and it has never been rebuilt. The place where we meet with God is through Jesus Christ, the Son of David. God is now building a house of people for His glory.

Prayer: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us today. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!

Sam Modise

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