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
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! 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.
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 things 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.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.