“You can make me clean.” Mark 1:40 (NIV) The word “clean” is of huge significance here. This is a story about a man who was healed of leprosy. His diseased and wasting body was wonderfully and miraculously healed. But there’s much more here. Notice that the man does not say,...
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David… David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah. Matthew 1:1, 6
David is often presented as someone who points to our Lord Jesus Christ. But in the last chapter of David’s life, we see him not as one who points to the Savior, but as one who stands in need of a Savior.
Here is a king who gives up the lives of his people in order to save himself. How different is Jesus, the king who gives up himself in order to save the lives of his people. Israel’s great king needs an even greater king. And that is true of every one of us.
There is something very wonderful we find at the beginning of the New Testament. Matthew begins his Gospel by recounting the line of descent into which the Lord Jesus was born: “David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah” (1:6). It was into this line, this family, scarred by sin and fraught with pain, that Jesus Christ came. He came into a messed up world. He came into a line of messed up families. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15), and “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Rom. 5:20).
Nothing good ever comes of sin, but great good can come from God’s redeeming grace. Jesus came into the world so that, however great the devastation of David’s sin, sin would not have the last word in David’s life. Jesus has the last word in David’s life. Jesus Christ came into the world so that sin should not have the last word in your life either.
What would it mean for Jesus (not sin) to have the last word in your life?