Born a King
We sing the wondrous songs of Christmas and declare that the baby born in a manger has come to be the King of Kings. The song "Joy to the World" says, "The Lord is come, let earth receive her King." The wise men asked, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" This question emphasizes the great reality of the birth of Christ, that He is in fact born a King. In the book of Revelation John says, “...for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:” (Revelation 17:14). He is the greatest, the most supreme of all kings.
Matthew gives an account of Christ’s lineage through His father, Joseph. Luke gives us His lineage through His mother, Mary. Mary was a descendant of King David and came through David's son Nathan who never reigned, but nonetheless was of royal blood. It is through Mary that Jesus is the real son of David. Christ was born of a virgin meaning, Joseph had no part in His conception. God’s seed was planted by the Holy Spirit of God in the womb of Mary. It was essential that she also be out of the line of David or He would have carried no royal blood. Joseph's line is the legal right to the throne which always comes through the father. Jesus received His royal blood from Mary and the legal right to the throne from Joseph. When people referred to Jesus as the Son of David, they meant that He was the long-awaited Messiah, the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.
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 lineage amazing. As the excitement of Christmas approaches, may we be amazed at His magnificent birth and reminded of the honor and glory fitting His name. Christmas is to be commemorated with great exuberance and rejoicing that Christ, the “New Born King,” has come.
Lord, You are my King and Savior forever, Amen!