David’s True Legacy

A reflection on David and Jesus

I hope you’ve enjoyed reflecting with me over the last year on King David and his family. On this Christmas morning, my final meditation is about David’s family legacy: Jesus. The lineage is mentioned in several places, most directly in Matthew:

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matt:1:1)

Despite roughly 1,000 years between their lives, there are a number of similarities between both men. David and Jesus were both born in Bethlehem. David became King at age 30; Jesus began his ministry at age 30. David began life as a shepherd; Jesus is a shepherd to us. The parallels are fascinating, but the point to me is God’s presence with us through history, and recognizing God’s presence in your family’s future.

As you celebrate Christ’s birth this morning, and think of future generations gathered around your Christmas tree, recall the words of Isiah:

For to us a child is born,
        to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
        and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
        Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Of the increase of his government and of peace
        there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
        to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
        from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

How is your faith today shaped by your family’s history? How will you encourage the passing of your faith — the “upholding” of His kingdom — with future generations of your family members?

Blessings on you and your family this joyous day, and may the gift of faith be part of your legacy. Thanks for your support and encouragement in 2022!