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A True Gift

December 24, 2009

1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 1.1-4

Reading through Romans 1 this morning, and was struck by something significantly simple.

Paul states the obvious twice. First, that Jesus Christ was the son of David. You can find that in Matthew 1 as the genealogy is listed out. At first glance, this is a great and noble thing, to be born into the line of the great King David. Until you remember 2 Samuel 11, where David took a woman that wasn’t his wife, slept with her, violated the most precious of relationships, and then, when faced with the very real consequence of a pregnant Bathsheeba, did everything in his power to cover his sin. It is a despicable moment in the life of David. Jesus was the descendant of David.

Second, he notes that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, as can be proven by His resurrection from the dead. While others may have claimed to be the Messiah, may have bragged that they were the promised Son of God, God Himself affirmed that Jesus was who He claimed to be by powerfully raising Him from the dead. It’s like a divine, “Told ya so!” (Side note: aren’t you glad God never says that to us?!) Jesus was the Son of God.

What caught me off guard was the simple reminder that Jesus Christ, the perfect, blameless, sinless Son of God, who had access to all of the power that was unveiled at the resurrection, gave all that up to be born of a virgin, in a stable,  into the family line of David, the lusting, scheming, lying adulterer.

Why?

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

1 Timothy 1.15

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