Advent - The King Arrives
“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
For centuries God had promised Israel an eternal kingdom through the line of the ancient king David. But where are the kings? Where is Israel’s hope? At that time, the Israelites were scattered throughout the lands where foreign emperors reigned. There were no more kings. The prophets had not spoken for hundreds of years. Where was God? Had He left them?
Then, over in the distance, a bright light pierces through the darkness! Can it be? Is it true? Is God really speaking to Israel again? Yes! This time God is not merely speaking to Israel in types and shadows, in mysterious signs which He used throughout the Old Testament – now, finally, the truth of God breaks forth through the darkness with brilliant luminosity, with a sparkling radiance which brings more hope than Israel could have expected. Now, God breaks into history in our passage and He begins to tell the world, “I have been preparing all of history for this point. This is the climax. This is the great event. This is the coming of my very Son for your salvation.” Jesus is the answer to God’s promise to David and His promise to you. Today the light of the gospel shines forth to you in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God who has come to give you peace today and forevermore.