“When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” – 2 Samuel 7:12-13
The packages have all been opened. The refrigerator is full of leftovers. Some people might even have to go back to work today. Another Christmas is over. Thinking back to all the preparations for Christmas, it is pretty hard to live up to all of the hype. The stores start promoting Christmas right after Halloween; it seems to go on for months. The truth is that the real celebration of Christmas goes on a lot longer than that. It never ends.
King David was probably the greatest king of the Israelite nation. In spite of his flaws, he was one of the inspired writers of the Psalms and a great spiritual leader of his people. In these verses of Scripture recorded in 2 Samuel, God had just told David that his family would continue to rule Israel, but it would rule Israel in a way that was far greater than any kingdom. From his family the Savior would come. He would establish a kingdom that was not about land, possessions and earthly power. It would even be a kingdom that would not be affected by time. That great descendant of David would be Jesus who with his life and death would redeem the world. He would establish peace with God through the forgiveness of sins. All believers would be a part of his great kingdom of life, a kingdom that would not end.
This is the Christmas we celebrate each year. All the gifts, songs and decorations are just a small twinkling of the joy that we feel in our hearts. It is the same joy we feel the day after Christmas and is ours every day – forever.
Prayer: Lord thank you for sending your Son. And thank you for the joyful celebration of his birth. Help me live in the joy of your love and forgiveness today and every day. Amen.