Jesus – King in the line of David

November 21, 2019

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On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C, the first reading is taken from the second book of Samuel, and it features King David. David was the greatest king in the history of Israel, and Jesus was of his royal lineage. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, Gabriel explained that “the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father” (Lk 1:32). The announcement fulfilled the promise God made to David before he died through his messenger, the prophet Nathan: “I will raise up your offspring after you … and I will establish his kingdom … I will establish his royal throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me … your throne shall be firmly established forever” (2 Sm 7:12,13,14,16). While Jesus was given the throne of David, their kingships could not be more different.

David’s father was Jesse; Jesus’ father is God.


David came from Bethlehem; Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem is the house of bread; Jesus is the Bread of life.

David had seven brothers; Jesus had twelve apostles.

David was ruddy, handsome, and making a splendid appearance physically;
Jesus was immaculate, free of all sin, white as snow, interiorly.

David was a shepherd boy; Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

David was anointed king by the prophet Samuel;
Jesus’ kingship was conferred upon him by his heavenly Father.

David was anointed with oil; Jesus was baptized with water.

The spirit of the Lord rushed upon David; the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus.

David conquered Goliath; Jesus conquered Satan.

David became widely known because of his prowess as a warrior;
Jesus became widely known because he healed the sick and raised the dead.

David led the army of Israel against the Philistines; Jesus taught love of enemy.

David led thousands of troops; Jesus leads legions of angels.

David armed himself with the sword of Goliath; Jesus armed himself with the Word of God.

David gave the Israelites freedom from the Philistines;
Jesus gives people freedom from their sins.

David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem;
Jesus established the New Covenant with the blood he shed on the Cross.

David sang songs of praise to God;
Jesus receives songs of praise from the angels and saints in heaven,
as well as all of the peoples of the earth.

David has multiple wives, Ahinoam, Abigail, Eglah, Bathsheba, and concubines, too;
Jesus is espoused to his Church, and he has a chaste love for everyone.

David sinned grievously; Jesus was tempted but never sinned.

David was the king of the Israelites; Jesus is king of all people everywhere.

David’s kingdom encompassed a large geographic region from Dan to Beersheba;
Jesus’s kingdom encompasses not only the earth, but the entire universe.

David is the greatest king in the history of Israel;
Jesus is the King of kings.

David reigned from his throne in his palace in Jerusalem;
Jesus reigns from his throne in heaven, the New Jerusalem.

David’s throne was surrounded by attendants;
Jesus’ throne is surrounded by the angels and saints.

David ruled for forty years; Jesus reigns for all eternity.




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About Father Michael Van Sloun

Father Michael A. Van Sloun is the pastor of Saint Bartholomew of Wayzata, MN. Ministerial interests include weekly Bible study, articles on theological topics, religious photography, retreats on Cross spirituality, and pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Italy, Greece and Turkey.

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