“This child will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give to him the throne of David, his father, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:32-33).
According to our 2018 calendars the Advent season will begin on Sunday, December 2. Yet believe it or not, we have actually been celebrating Advent for months now. How so, you ask? To read 1 Samuel is to read about the precursor of the Lord Jesus’ arrival, namely, David. Indeed, we will never fully grasp the significance of the nativity unless the grasp the significance of David. The story of Jesus is tightly intertwined with the story of David. Check out these additional references to see for yourself:
- This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham (Matthew 1:1, NIV).
- Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah (Matthew 1:17, NIV).
- In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary (Luke 1:26-27, NIV).
- He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (Luke 1:69, NIV).
- But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20, NIV).
- So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David (Luke 2:4, NIV).
- Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11, NIV).
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the city of David, he stepped onto a stage centuries in the making. Faithful Israelites during the first century were not just watching and waiting for any king; they were hoping and praying for God to provide none other than a king like David. As we make our annual trek back to the manger in Bethlehem, therefore, we need to know both what God promised and what God fulfilled in the birth of King Jesus.
Like Israel in the days of Samuel and Saul, as well as Israel during the days of Caesar Augustus, our world desperately needs a King who will reign with justice and righteousness. We need none other than the One who is called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6b). May He reign forever and ever—starting in our hearts!