I keep a copy of one page from his book where I will read it frequently. Christ's Origin Jesus Birth Covenant, God's with David Christ, The Seed Of Incarnation Prophecies Concerning Christ Body Of Christ, Physical Body concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, The monuments to this God-man were a bloody cross and an empty tomb. No self-respecting god would suffer the humiliation of human birth. In fact, we can see similar language used to describe Joseph, who was Jesus' earthly father: Neither Joseph nor Jesus was a literal child of David. Other Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament made it clear that the Messiah would heal the sick, help the blind to see, and make the lame walk. Jesus mentioned that the scribes taught that "Christ is the Son of David" (Mark 12:35And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. Yet it is a mild surprise to see that Jesus wasn't always referred to by His name in the New Testament. In this way, the term "Son of David" simply meant that Jesus was a descendant of David's royal line. However, why weren’t they offended when the same denominations denied the historical reality of the incarnation? By using Learn Religions, you accept our, The Ultimate List of Christmas Bible Verses to Celebrate Jesus' Birth, Jesus Heals the Blind Bartimeus (Mark 10:46-52), The Gospel Truth About How to Get to Heaven, Stephen in the Bible Was the First Christian Martyr, M.A., Christian Studies, Union University, B.A., English Literature, Wheaton College. for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. A phrase often applied to Jesus, emphasizing that he is the Heir of the Kingdom covenant that was to be fulfilled by someone in David’s lineage. And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? See All...).

Specifically, the blind man's description was a title, which is why the "Son" is capitalized in our modern translations. Joseph, the husband of Mary, is called the "son of David" in Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. Nothing captures the humanity, the earthiness, of man like birth. Which begs the question: Why did they do so? For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. This was scandalous to the Greeks and Romans. A Messianic title. For all those reasons, the term "Son of David" became a title for the Messiah.

In answer to that question the church has sometimes embraced His humanity, excluding His deity. They longed for the coming of the Messiah to restore the fortunes of Israel, and they knew the Messiah would come from David's line. The simplistic answer is that King David—one of the most important people in Jewish history—was one of Jesus' ancestors. Jesus is called the Son of David fourteen times in the New Testament. They sprang forth as fully grown adults. The proper understanding of Jesus as the son of David is found in both a literal and theological interpretation of the title. This is just part of one paragraph: If He had been less than God, the bitterness of death could not have been passed; never, never could He have emerged from that thick darkness into which He entered when He made His soul an offering for sin. See All...; 27:11See All...). 1:3–4). Still, there is a difference between the angel's use of the term "son of David" to describe Joseph and the blind man's use of the term "Son of David" to describe Jesus. Paul’s opening statement in his theological treatise to the Romans was far outside of their frame of reference. Sweat, blood, human fluid, placenta, a bloody cord … these are the characteristics of a nativity.

The Scriptures make that clear in Jesus' genealogy in the first chapter of Matthew (see v. 6). Fix that problem! Sam O'Neal is the co-author of "Bible Stories You May Have Forgotten" and "The Bible Answer Book."

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? Yet, He was different from all other gods and all other men. (Mathew 12:22-23See All...). He was born in David's city, Bethlehem. At other times, the church has embraced His deity, excluding His humanity. The carol “Away in a Manger” got one thing wrong: “The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus no crying He makes.” As a baby, Jesus not only cried, He was also subject to colic and diaper rash. — Mt 12:23; 21:9. There are several other examples of people using this language in reference to Jesus. See All.... That means that he was a direct descendant of David and so David was a many-greats grandfather to him. The gospel of Matthew records that various people, on six different occasions, acknowledged Jesus as the Son of David. While David was an earthly king who advanced the kingdom of Israel in his day, the Messiah would rule for all eternity. The incarnation is the sine qua non (without which [there is] nothing) of Christianity. For example, to be a son can mean to be a direct descendant. Then there is the nakedness of mother and child. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. by John Sartelle “ [Jesus] … was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead …” (Rom. In cultures all over the world, people know who Jesus is and have been changed by what He has done. The Scriptures make that clear in Jesus' genealogy in the first chapter of Matthew (see v. 6). See All...; 12:23See All...). When people referred to Jesus as the Son of David, they meant that He was the long-awaited Deliverer, the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. Previous. He is a former editor for Christianity Today and LifeWay Christian Resources. OT promises of a future king from David’s line The conception of Jesus was different, but His birth was like ours. “Descended from David according to the flesh” suggested the earthiness of a human birth (the actual Greek reads “made of the semen of David”). With the scars of battle in His hands, feet, and side He ascended. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Paul proclaimed an individual person both man and God. In this way, the term "Son of David" simply meant that Jesus was a descendant of David's royal line. This is a messianic title. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Therefore, the term "Son of David" had a specific connection to the miracle of healing.

Pilate pointed to a Jesus whose flesh had been ripped to the bone by scourging, and he cried to the crowd, “Behold the man!” (John 19:5). The birth of Jesus was just like that — just like your birth. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. Why does the bible refer Jesus the son of David? It was this man that Paul said was “declared to be the Son of God in power … by His resurrection from the dead.” There it is. in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. The third day, which proclaimed His triumph, declared Him to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by His resurrection from the dead. But again, using the terms "son" and "daughter" to show an ancestral connection was common practice in that day. And, since Jesus was the Son of David, He was also the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? 2215 Jesus Christ, Son of David.

The simplistic answer is that King David —one of the most important people in Jewish history—was one of Jesus' ancestors. First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. Two times it is not (Matthew 1:1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. They were identifying Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah who was promised to come. Donate Now. When Matthew began his gospel, he started with an abbreviated family line of Jesus, noting clearly his connections with both Abraham and David. Primarily, the title “Son of David” is more than a statement of physical genealogy. Joseph, the husband of Mary, is called the "son of David" in Matthew 1:20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. To deny either His deity or humanity is a wicked sacrilege from Satan.

The gods of the pantheons of Athens and Rome did not die. Pilate cried, “Behold the man!” And then he asked the crowd the question of the ages: “Shall I crucify your King?” (John 19:15). Several reasons then might be given for this title being applied to Christ. When Jesus healed a man who was both blind and deaf by casting an unclean spirit out of him, the people said, "Is not this the son of David?"

The incarnation is the sine qua non (without which [there is] nothing) of Christianity. Because Jesus Christ is the most influential person in human history, it's no surprise that His name has become ubiquitous throughout the centuries. One of those titles is "the Son of David.". In fact, there are many times when people use specific titles in reference to Him. Taken literally, Jesus was a direct descendant of David, the king of Israel. Dear reader, to deny either the humanity or deity of Jesus attacks the gospel at its core. This was a common way of speaking in the ancient world. Specifically, God promised David that one of his descendants would be the Messiah who would reign forever as head of God's kingdom: David reigned as King of Israel about 1,000 years before the time of Jesus. And the reason for this term has everything to do with David himself. His mission accomplished, Jesus did not shed His resurrected body. We can see that connection at work in this incident from the early portion of Jesus' public ministry: The rest of the Gospels, along with the New Testament as a whole, seek to show the answer to that question was a definitive, "yes.". Jesus was called the "Son of David" while he was here on the earth. Learn Religions uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. “As to his earthly life [Christ Jesus] was a descendant of David” (Romans 1:3). The morning of the third day — and a more glorious morn never dawned upon our earth, forever settled, to all who understood the event, the deity of Jesus… . Twelve of these times, Son is capitalized. It is a Messianic title. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God Jesus was a son of David through her. 1:3–4). No god would boast of a cross, and no man could boast of an empty tomb. In Jesus' day, the term "Son of David" was a title for the Messiah—the long-awaited Righteous King who would once and for all secure victory for God's people. Their gods sometimes took on the form of humanity, but they were above the crudeness of human birth. The gods and goddesses of the ancients underwent neither bloody births nor gory deaths. The Son of God becoming flesh is an essential truth of the gospel of Jesus the Christ. In the Bible, son can have several meanings. People turned their eyes away from the man who had been beaten to a pulp. There is pain, agonizing pain. “[Jesus] … was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead …” (Rom. Why weren’t they “up in arms” when their ministers, priests, and fellow members said that we must be rid of this myth that Jesus is both man and God?