Daily Devotional: Unique, royal—but one of us

Jeremiah 23:5-6 for August 27, 2009

5 “For the time is coming,”
      says the Lord,
   “when I will raise up a righteous descendant
      from King David’s line.
   He will be a King who rules with wisdom.
      He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
6 And this will be his name:
      ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’
   In that day Judah will be saved,
      and Israel will live in safety.


No one was ever born like Jesus. He is the only baby to be born of a human mother but without a human’s father.

JBabyJesusMaryesus’ family tree is found in Matthew 1—a passage easy to skip over, but so significant because it tells us that God placed Jesus in David’s royal family. Luke 3 traces Mary’s family tree. She also descended from King David. Keeping his divine nature as the eternal Son of God, Jesus took on humanity through his mother. Jesus was fully God, and he was fully man.

The fact that God came down to earth in the form of a tiny baby is hard to comprehend. The truth that the limitless love and life of the Ruler of the universe compress down into a span of little humanity is the central reality of the Bible record: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” [John 1:14]. Jesus, as one of us, identified with all the realities of our life.

When sharing your faith with followers of other religions, it is important to note that what makes Christianity unique is that God loved us so much that he became a person and lived among us.


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