Day 18

Jesus Is The True & Better David

from the Advent 2015: Born Is The King reading plan

2 Samuel 7:1-17, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Luke 1:30-33

I love a good hero in a movie. Whether it’s Aragon of Lord of the Rings, William Wallace of Braveheart, or Aslan of The Chronicles of Narnia, a great hero keeps us watching, longing for good to triumph over evil through the hero’s actions.

If you’ve ever read the Book of Judges, you left longing for a better leader. The downward cycle of sin under the judges is hard to stomach. There is a need for a leader to turn things around, to lead God’s people with integrity and strength.

In Israel’s history there was no leader like King David. His name appears more times in Scripture than any other king. He is even mentioned in the last chapter of the last book in the Bible. David was titled by God Himself as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

What made David such a great king? Was it his purity? No. He committed adultery with Bathsheba. Was it his loyalty? No. He had his best friend murdered to cover his adultery. Was it his parenting skills? No. His household was a mess. Was it his wisdom? Well, these decisions along with many others he made seem to be anything but wise. And it certainly wasn’t his obedience to the law of God! Yet, in 2 Samuel 7, we see God make a covenant with David, promising that the throne of his kingdom will be established forever.

Why David? First, because God is gracious. He does not love us based upon our merits but based upon His grace and in spite of our demerits. Second, because despite all his shortcomings, David responded to that grace time and time again with a humble, dependent love for God. He is Israel’s greatest king, but he, like the judges, still leaves us yearning.

Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God more than any other topic. The kingdom of God is a place where God dwells with His people. It is a place where good news is proclaimed to the poor, liberty comes to the captive and the oppressed, sight is restored to the blind, and God’s favor rests on those who love Him (Luke 4:18-19). Most of all, the Kingdom of God is a place where Jesus reigns as King. He is the King we long for.

Where David—the best king Israel had—failed, Jesus mightily prevailed. He is the King who perfectly trusted and obeyed the Father. He never gave in to a single temptation. He never took advantage of others. He did no harm to His people but was, and still remains, loyal to them. His decisions are always wise, true, and for the good of those He loves. He does not oppress but seeks our good. Jesus leads us with a royal power to protect us, while willingly laying down His life to save us.

Christ is not a King who keeps His subjects at a distance. No, He welcomes us into His presence with joy. And best of all, He is the Prince of Peace who tears down hostility between God and man, and between man and his enemies. Jesus is the hero we need in this broken world filled with hate. The Righteous Branch of David is our wise King. He sits on His throne and pours out peace into our anxious hearts.

So, let us sing with joy this season:

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,

Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
– Charles Wesley

Written by David Henderson

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19 thoughts on "Jesus Is The True & Better David"

  1. Howard K says:

    The Gospel continually shows us God’s Grace toward mankind. As it showed God’s love for David. I think we are a bit like David and need to strive to be even more like Jesus because Jesus was faultless on everything. We will never be perfect like Jesus but we should strive to make the same choices in live like Jesus did.

  2. Howard K says:

    God has an eternal dwelling place for us that He wants us to spend with Him. We need to keep our faith in Him and continually thank Him for all He has and will do in our lives.

  3. Howard K says:

    Asking God for strength when I am weak and poor in Spirit. Knowing that God dwells with me all the time I need to be still and listen more and not get carried away in the everyday life of uncertainty.

  4. Howard K says:

    Man is so imperfect and God still loves us more than we could imagine. God loves David as imperfect as he was and God gave up His only Son for us. That is amazing love.

  5. Howard K says:

    God thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. I ask you to help me to strong in Spirit during this holiday season and also to be still and listen to you on a daily basis.

  6. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Jesus came to rule forever and perfectly, where everything finds its yes in Him. Because of that, we now have a hope in a good and righteous King that reigns for all time.

  7. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Jesus’ reign will never end and His throne is established forever. He is the king over all for all of time.

  8. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Every time we have tried to rule, we fail to be perfect and cannot have a hope in our own selves, purpose, or works.

  9. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Pray for a spirit that is desiring to cast all cares and all baggage on the One who reigns forever because He cares and loves us more than I could ever know.

  10. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Thank You, Lord, that Your reign and throne are established forever. Thank You for Jesus, and the hope we have in Him.

  11. Justin says:

    God is patient with me even when I mess up

  12. Justin says:

    Despite my failures God still loves me and wants to show himself to the world through me

  13. Justin says:

    Think about how Jesus came into this world and thank him for including me in his plans for repairing humanity

  14. Justin says:

    the gospel is for everyone

  15. Jonathan Newman says:

    Fixing my eyes on Jesus the King worth following and worshipping, casting my burdens on him who came to set me free from sin and to assuage my fears and anxiety about all of life, both big and small things. He gave it all for me to show he cares to the ends of the earth.

  16. Jonathan Newman says:

    Jesus is the ultimate king we long for, who is full of grace and truth and lived with perfect righteousness as a man. He also loves people just because they are people and gives pardon to those who turn to him in faith, no matter how far they have gone from honoring him with their lives.

  17. Jonathan Newman says:

    In our broken world, King Jesus is our hero and rescuer, who restores wholeness and loving hearts to one another and to God. He is the ultimate hero who died for us to save us and give us his kingdom to reign with him.

  18. Jonathan Newman says:

    We are so prone to moral failure and giving into temptation to rebel, live selfishly and impurely, and to trust ourselves. No human king or ruler can fulfill our longings and needs for a truly good and wise King.

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