What Jesus Did! 'David's Town' — Luke 2:4-5

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee. He went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea. This town was known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. Joseph registered with Mary because she was engaged to marry him. (Mary was now pregnant.)
— Luke 2:4-5 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:4-5 NLT — So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee.

Key Thought

Bethlehem may not have been much of a town in Jesus' day, but it was King David's town. More importantly, Luke helps us establish a link in Jesus' heritage to King David. Jesus, however, is not just any descendant of David; he is THE successor; Jesus is the one who will reign on David's throne forever! Before Jesus arrives on the scene, we know a little something of his identity and his role: he will be King! The issue for you and me is whether we allow him to be King of our lives.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God and loving Father, I want Jesus to rule over my heart. I want him to be Lord of my passions. I want him to redeem the weak, broken, and unholy parts of my character. I want him to be Master of my future. Father, I don't want this because I am worthless and have no value, but because I know that my true value as a person will never be unlocked until I truly let Jesus rule my life. Please shape me and mold me, Lord Jesus, so that just as you obeyed your Father's will, I can learn to do the same. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Samuel 7:8-13
  • 1 Kings 9:5
  • 2 Chronicles 13:5


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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