Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Tale of Two Davids

The history of God's salvation plan boils down to a tale of two Davids. First a lowly shepherd who ascended to the throne of Israel, led the army of God to victory against the Israelites, establishing his lineage for generations to come.
From his blood line came a second David, a greater King whose coming was foreshadowed by the kings of Israel who remained true to God's covenant. Unlike David, He came not with the power of the sword to defeat his enemies but was born in weakness, "born that man may no longer die". Born lowly in a manger, our heavenly King came not to condemn but to usher in a new reign of peace not just to Israel but through all the nations who heard his call to repent and believe. He brought this peace not by restoring the kingdom of Israel as the kings of old had done, but by his death on a cross which destroyed the age old enemies of sin, death and Satan, and ushered in a new creation order that will find its fulfillment when our Saviour returns to restore all things to himself. The festival of Christmas marks the birth of our David, the Second Person of the Trinity, who condescended to us in the likeness of sinful flesh to share in our sorrows and to make atonement for our sins. This is the true light that shines in the darkness which no evil can overcome and has established his Messianic kingdom through the gospel of which there can be no end.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

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