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

Friday, January 25, 2019

And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home [for the census]. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.
— Luke 2:4-5 NLT

Key Thought

Bethlehem may not have been much of a village in Jesus' day, but it was King David's village. More importantly, Luke helps us establish a link in Jesus' heritage to King David. Jesus, however, is not just any successor of David; he is THE successor. Jesus is the one who reigns on David's throne forever! Even before Jesus arrived on the scene, his identity and his role had been revealed for us: He would 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 these flawed parts of my character to weigh me down in my pursuit of Christ-likeness. I know that my spiritual maturity will never be fully released 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

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Illustration of Luke 2:4-5 NLT — And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home [for the census].

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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