Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Jesus is the Son of David (Matthew 1:1, 17)

"Son of David" was a well-known messianic title among God's people. If Jesus is the Messiah, then he must come from the royal line of David. In 2 Samuel 7:5-16, one of the most important passages in the Bible, God told David that one of his descendants will have an eternal kingdom - "I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever... Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:13, 16). Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise, for the New Testament tells us repeatedly that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of Lords. After his death and resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven, where he now sits at the right hand of God, the place of honor, to rule the world forever.

This is why Matthew begins his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus. This record provides the documentation that any Jew would want to see to verify Jesus' claim to be the Messiah. Matthew traces Jesus' family line back through Joseph all the way to David.

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