He Will Be Great

Reading the Word

Luke 1:30–33 (ESV) — 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And 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, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Understanding and Applying the Word

Yesterday, we looked at the announcement to Joseph that the baby would be called Jesus. This was to focus us on this child’s role as Savior of the world. Today, our attention is drawn to a different reality about Jesus. He came into the world in greatness. He was Son of God and the son of David. He was both the heir to the throne of David and the King of kings. His throne is eternal.

When we think of Jesus, we must not forget the different truths about his identity. He was the suffering servant who went to the cross to die, but he was also the Messiah from the line of David. He was the king of Israel. Jesus was a man born of a woman, but he was also God in the flesh born through the work of the Holy Spirit. He was fully God and fully man. It was only Jesus who could save us because it was only Jesus who could be all of these things. This is why all of our love, adoration, and praise rightfully belongs to him. What a great Savior and King he is!

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