Matthew begins the 1st line of his Gospel by calling Jesus Christ, the Son of David.

Son of David is not Jesus’ only title, but Son of David is a very unique title with a profound meaning with reference to salvation.

A plain and simple explanation of the title ‘Son of David’ means a direct descendant of the House of David. Jesus’ genealogy had to go through David to fulf il Old Testament prophecy and God’s promise we find in 2 Sam 7: 12-13. “Whenyour days …He shall builda house for MY NAME, and I will establish the throne of His kingdomforever.” On the other hand, when we go forward and read 2 Sam 12: 1-23 we will explore another significant meaning of the title “Son of David” in the light of salvation.

King David and Bathsheba’s first child, an unnamed son, died as punishment for David’s sin. So, did David confess and repent of his sin? Yes, absolutely. “So, David said to Nathan,I have sinned against the Lord” (vrs 13) (Psalm 51 & 32). Did God forgive him? Certainly. “And Nathan said to David,‘The Lord has also put away your sin; you shall not die” (vrs 13). Then again, forgiveness does not erase the temporal consequences of sin. Nathan said in verse 14, “However …the child also who is born to you shall surely die.”

What happens next is tragic.(vrs 15 – 17)

The first child that Bathsheba bore David fell ill and his condition deteriorated by the day. David was overwhelmed with grief. He reacted like any loving father would. He knew very well that the reason for his son’s suffering and sickness was because of his sin. So, he pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and wept for days. He gave up the comfort of his bed and laid all night on the ground. He even refused to bathe. The elders of his house did everything they could to comfort him and try to ease his pain. But no one was able to console him. Sadly, on the seventh day, the child passed away and David’s servants fearing the worst reaction from David, were afraid to tell him. If David had suffered so much despair when the child was alive, they feared he would feel even worse now or even harm himself if he knew that the child had died. Instead, something amazing took place (vrs 19 – 23)

When David finally learnt of the news, he got up from the ground, bathed and groomed himself. He changed his clothes, went to the house of the Lord and worshipped. Then he ended his fast. This unexpected reaction from David startled everyone, which made them ask him, “What is this that you have done?”David did not die for his sin, but his son paid that penalty. David accepted the price and went on with his life. He understood that his son had died so that he could live. He took what was offered to him and from then on made the most of what was given him.

Salvation is a gift. It cannot be earned.

The plan of salvation had started from the beginning of time and is given to everyone freely. The salvific act of Christ on the cross is a universal sacrifice. But whether we accept it or not is entirely up to us personally. God has given us our salvation. Take it and embrace it with joy. We need not be ridden with guilt for our sins anymore, for Jesus has paid the penalty of our sins in full. Sin has stolen our joy, but the good news is that the Lord’s salvation makes it possible for the lost joy to be restored.

Take a leaf from David. Accept with a joyful heart the sacrifice Jesus, the Son of David, had made on the cross.Arise and move forward with gladness.

For by grace, we have salvation through faith in Jesus, the Son of David. And this is not by our own doing, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)


I Kong Carol L.Mawlong i dei i dkhot ka Balang Presbyterian Jaiaw. I dei iwei na ki Counsellor jong ka Balang iba ju iashim bynta ha kaba ai ia ka jingiasyllok ia ki briew kiba don ha ki jingeh kiba pher bapher. I dei iwei na ki nonghikai Sunday School ha Junior Department bad ruh i dei iwei na ki nongthohba ju noh synniang bha ha ki jingpuson lyngkotia ka Ktien U Blei (Devotion) ha ka E – Newsletter ka JingiasengSamla Balang Presbyterian Jaiaw.

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