Friday, December 23, 2011

Born a King
Luke 1:26-33
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 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.
 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.  Matthew 1:16
As we sing the wondrous songs of Christmas, the carols declare that the baby born in a manger has come to be King of Kings. The song "Joy to the World"  says "The Lord is come, let earth receive her King."  In the song, "It came upon a Midnight Clear," we sing, "Heavens all gracious King."  "Angels We Have Heard on High" says, "Christ the Lord, the newborn King."  "Hark the Herald, Angels Sing" says, "Glory to the newborn King."  The carol, "What Child is This" says, "This is Christ the King." 
All of these songs emphasize the great reality of the birth of Christ, that He is in fact born a King.  The wise men stopped in Jerusalem which were seeking for Him  and asked, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" John, in the book of Revelation says He is King over all kings and Lord over all lords.  He is the greatest, the most supreme of all kings. 
The royal line that comes through to Christ is fascinating. Matthew gives us His lineage through His father, Joseph.  Luke gives us His lineage through His mother, Mary.  It is interesting to note that Mary also was a descendant from David.  She came through David's son Nathan who never reigned, but nonetheless was royal blood–––not to be confused with the prophet Nathan. It is through Mary that Jesus is the real son of David for Mary was His mother. He was born of a virgin and Joseph had no part in His birth.  Joseph planted no seed in Mary's body.  It was planted by the Holy Spirit of God.  Mary alone was the source of His human birth.  Therefore it was essential that she also be out of the line of David or He would have carried no royal blood.
Joseph's line, on the other hand is the line of the legal right to the throne which always comes through the father.  Jesus had to have a father who also was a son of David and not only a son of David but a son of David through David's son Solomon. It was through Solomon that the reigning line came. Jesus received His royal blood through Mary and the legal right to the throne from Joseph.  Even though Joseph had no part in His birth because He was born to Joseph's wife, Mary, Jesus was the son of Joseph legally and therefore bore the right to reign as King. Matthew’s genealogy comes down through Joseph because that is where the legal right to the throne comes from, the father.  Luke brings it through Mary so that we know He has not only a legal right but a real right because He bears the blood of David.
Thought: Every detail has been worked out for the world to see that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His birth was supernatural and his linage astounding. The angelic host that announced His glorious entrance into this world was spectacular and the wise men that traveled from the East to see the Christ Child brought gifts suitable for a king. May the wonder of His birth never pale in its miraculous splendor as the excitement of the Christmas season approaches. Let us remember as well as honor the Person for whom Christmas is commemorated with great exultation and rejoicing.
“Glory to the New Born King”

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