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Glory to the Newborn King!

December 25, 2017

The New Testament opens with, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” The gospel of Matthew shows that Jesus is the promised Messiah sent by God for the salvation of sin and the redemption of Israel. A crucial component of Matthew is Jesus’ relationship to David. The family tree of Jesus proves the important fact of His familial connection to King David. If Jesus was not the descendant of David, then He could not be the Messiah.

God promised to David and the Jews that the Messiah would establish an eternal kingdom and an everlasting Davidic dynasty. Jesus is the promised King. The angel told Mary. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:31-33)

In the gospel of Luke the Bible makes a point of declaring that Jesus “was of the house and lineage of David.” The Isaiah prophecies of the Prince of Peace. “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” In the words of Psalm 89, “His throne (will be) as the days of heaven” (v. 29) “His throne . . . shall be established forever.” (v. 36-37)

Joy to the World is the song of the triumphal king coming to rule the world. The angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” The wise men went to Jerusalem looking for the king of Israel. They brought with them a gift of gold to honor the infant king. The last verse of Silent Night calls upon men to sing “Alleluia to our King.” In The First Noel men sing of the Christmas day when, “born is the King of Israel.” The royalty of Jesus is essential to Christmas.

The baby in the manger is the long awaited King of the Jews. The infant king was the invasion force of the eternal kingdom who established a beachhead in this world and began the formation of a fifth column of citizens of the eternal kingdom. One day He is returning to establish the promised kingdom. The baby in the manger will come to earth again, not as a lowly infant but as the conquering King. He will overthrow the wicked, punish evil and create the first- and only- worldwide empire. As Daniel 7 says, to Him will be given “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”


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