“Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” — 2 Samuel 7:16
Filled with the Spirit, the prophet Nathan announced that David’s dynasty would last forever. David’s son Solomon would take the throne and continue David’s kingdom. But eventually Judah fell and was ruled by others.
It was David’s descendant Jesus, the Son of God, however, who would establish the forever kingdom for God’s people. But what kind of kingdom did Jesus establish? The Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day pictured the Messiah as an earthly king who would defeat the Romans and establish Israel as the political heart of the world. They looked for a judge who would drive out sinners in Israel, purge Jerusalem from Gentile outsiders, and destroy wicked nations. They wanted an earthly king who would make them powerful.
But Jesus did not drive away sinners; he welcomed them. And his ministry anticipated a mission to include the Gentiles rather than destroying them.
Today we too need to think of Jesus correctly. He is not only the Son of David but also the Son of God. He is God in our flesh. Jesus is not just a wise teacher but our Savior from sin whose words offer eternal life. He is not just an earthly friend but also the awesome King of kings and Lord of lords.
How seriously do you take Jesus today? Have you allowed his life and words to shape your thoughts, values, and lifestyle?