by Adrian Isaacs
30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
The above passage of Scripture – taken from Luke 1:30 – 33 – is a familiar passage that is associated with the “Christmas Story” – the birth of our Lord. The angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive a child by the Holy Spirit, a child who is to be named Jesus. This Jesus is, of course, the Messiah of Israel. The angel informs Mary that God will give to Jesus the “throne of His father David”, and that He will “reign over the house of Jacob forever.”
Herein lays a very important truth of Scripture: the Jesus of the Christians is still the Messiah of the ethnic nation Israel. Jesus is a Jew! He is a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and is also a royal descendant of King David (Matthew 1:1 – 2). Throughout church history, there have been those who would try to distance Jesus Christ from His prophesied role as King over a restored Davidic monarchy in Israel. Yet consider this magnificent promise found in Isaiah, which speaks of the Messiah’s reign:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6 – 7).
Note the similarity between this passage and the passage above from Luke regarding the throne of David. Luke applies the promises of an heir to David’s throne to Jesus Christ. In fact, Luke so identifies Jesus with the Davidic ruler that the Davidic heir of Isaiah and Luke must be one and the same. That being the case, there must be, and will be a “Second Advent”, a “Second Coming” of Jesus Christ that will feature the fulfillment of this Davidic promise. Said another way, Jesus at His Second Coming will take His seat upon David’s throne and reign over the house of Israel. We can perhaps consider this a “Second Christmas”. At the first Christmas, Jesus came as a baby to ultimately die for the sins of the world. At His Second Coming, He will come as a mighty King to judge wickedness and rule over the earth as Davidic Messiah. There is indeed a Christmas Part II, and the restoration of the modern State of Israel suggests to us that the stage is being set for the events leading up to the Second Advent.