Do you know this Christmas mystery? Print
Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:50



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ ‘The son of David,’ they replied…” (Matthew 22:42, the Holy Bible).


DO YOU KNOW THIS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY? There is one Christmas mystery that, I submit, should be answered by each and every believer: why is the Bible saying that Jesus Christ came from the family line of King David and Abraham when, quite clearly, He did not “physically” descend from them?

Jesus, our God and Savior, directly came from God, as Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6, and Matthew 1:18-25 and even John 1:1-14 would show. He was not fathered, as it were, by Joseph, the husband of Mary.

Luke 1 says He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. So, is the Bible wrong in calling Jesus as the descendant of David and Abraham? No, the Bible is not mistaken in this regard.


JOSEPH HAD JESUS REGISTERED AS HIS SON: Indeed, even if Jesus directly came from God, and was not “physically” the descendant of David and Abraham, He nevertheless became a part of the family line of David and Abraham, in fulfillment of the Scriptures.

How did this happen? The answer is found in Luke 2 of the Bible, where the following story is told: “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world… And everyone went to their own town to register.

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.


IT IS THEREFORE CORRECT TO SAY JESUS CAME FROM THE LINE OF DAVID: “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them…”

What does this Biblical story show? It shows that while, physically, Jesus did not descend from Joseph, the husband of Mary, and therefore,

He could not have “physically” belonged to the family line of King David and Abraham, He nevertheless got officially “adopted” into that family line because of His registration in the census ordered by Caesar Augustus.

By this one single application of a human decree, the Scriptures got fulfilled: the Messiah will come from the family of Abraham and King David and, therefore, from Adam, the first man. The compliance with the census by Joseph, and his registration of Mary as his wife and Jesus as his child, sealed the human family lineage of  Jesus.


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