The term “advent” means “coming,” and as we turn to reflect on and celebrate the advent of Christ, we focus specifically on His coming as the king divine.
Taking time for advent in the weeks culminating up to Christmas is important for many reasons, including the ways advent encourages us to reflect on who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Today we want to look at three truths about Jesus as the king divine in Luke 1.
First, we see that Jesus is the Divine Kurios.
The Greek word, Kurios, generally indicates the “Lord,” and the author here equates the baby Jesus as the Kurios. The angel greets Mary in Luke 1:28 with assuring words that, “the Lord is with you!,” and for Luke there is a continuity between the LORD (Yahweh in the Old Testament) here and the Kurios in Mary’s womb, who is to be called “the Son of the Most High” (verse 32). This connection is intentional as it makes clear that it is God Himself, God incarnate, that is coming to this earth. Man is about to meet His maker, and what a profound and weighty encounter that will be!
Second, Jesus, the Kurios, is the one and only King, whose reign is also a fulfillment of the promises of King David.
The angel Gabriel concludes his words to Mary in Luke 1:32–33 by making three promises: first, Jesus, who is both Lord and King, will continue the ancient royal line of David by sitting on his throne; second, unlike the Davidic line, which eventually crumbled, Jesus’ reign over the house of Jacob will never be destroyed; and, third, Jesus’ kingdom, by extension, will “never end” (verse 33). These are encouraging promises both to the people of Mary’s day and for us now. Because, what the angel is saying is that unlike every human leader, government and nation that has failed, Jesus has now come to rule the world and He will never fail.
Finally, third, it is important to recognize what the coming of Lord Jesus as King means.
If we look back to the prophetic books of the Old Testament, particularly Isaiah, we see how Jesus’ establishment of a new Kingdom on earth brings restoration, salvation and peace. Consider the following verses: “Sing for joy…for the Lord has comforted His people, and will have compassion on His suffering ones” (Isa. 49:13); “I will give you as a light to the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isa. 49:6); “I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, My salvation has gone out and My arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for Me, and for My arm they hope” (Isa. 51:4-5). These promises all point to Jesus; for in His arrival as king, the people of God are finally able to experience peace. Jesus Divine as King has come to establish a new reign on this earth, and we must have eyes open to perceive His kingly activity on earth both then and now.