Day 3: Jesus is the Son of David
耶穌是大衛的子孫 (Traditional Chinese)

Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” – Luke 18:39

Son of David was not an unfamiliar phrase to the Jews in Jesus’ time. It is the Messianic title for the anointed one for whom they have longed for generations.

In Luke, the first person who called Jesus “Son of David,” surprisingly, was the blind man in Jericho, not the Jewish leaders or the 12 disciples. While begging on the roadside, he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was walking by. He cried out to catch His attention. Luke used different Greek words (ἐβόησεν; ἔκραζεν) in verses 38 and 39 to depict the intensity and urgency in the blind man’s cries. He captured the heart of Jesus so much that Jesus stopped to encounter him face to face and healed his sight wondrously. It is a life-changing moment for him. 

He Humbled Himself to Save and Heal Us

Jesus hears our cries, too, no matter where we are or how marginalized we are in our situations. As the Son of David, Jesus humbled Himself, entering human history to save us. We can be sure that He hears our howls of distress. Even if it is just a cry of the heart, He hears. 

Although Hong Kong is an affluent global city, it is common to see a family crowded within a single, 100-square-foot apartment. The disparity of the rich and the poor is immense. Many poor, like the blind beggar, cry out desperately for help. Those above the poverty line cry out, too, as they are crushed by enormous pressures. 

Jesus, the Son of David, was born in the manger and clothed himself in humanity. He understands our fragility and is willing to transform our lives. He hears our cries.

The blind man recognised our Lord not just as a man, “Jesus of Nazareth” as he was called by the passing crowd (Luke 18:36-37), but as the “Son of David” (verses 38-39)—the promised Messiah. Even when rebuked by others, he kept on shouting out, “Son of David…!” He insisted on seeking our Messianic King as he could “see” who Jesus was. Although he was physically blind, he was not spiritually blind. His simple faith led to the amazing encounter. Jesus affirmed the blind man’s faith, saying that it was his faith that healed him (Luke 18:42).

Jesus is God and full of compassion. He cares about you, hopes to listen to you and fulfil your yearning heart, just as He asked the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” (v 41). In a time and culture where blindness carried a stigma that brought rejection and bondage, Jesus’ healing brought liberation. More than just a physical healing, an encounter with Jesus brings value, dignity, and acceptance into His kingdom.

God is Faithful throughout Generations 

The blind regaining sight was a mark of the Messiah (Luke 7:21-22) and a sign of the beginning of the Messianic era. (Luke 4:18; Isaiah 29:18). The blind man’s healing, then, repeats the annunciation of Jesus’ birth through Gabriel, “The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His Kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:32b-33).

Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah, because He is the one to fulfil the Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7:8-17). And, Jesus showed His supremacy by declaring that the Messiah is the Lord of David (Luke 20:41-44). Not to be confined by the expectation of the Jewish people, He demonstrated that His Messianic rule is established through His death and resurrection to give us life and glorious hope. Jesus, our suffering Saviour and Lord, works in chaotic human history and is faithful to keep His promises through generations. His utmost sovereignty is a comfort beyond words. 

It has been said that in facing the rapid changes in the Hong Kong society and the massive effects of international tensions, people were filled with tons of diverse feelings and thoughts. Thousands and thousands of families left Hong Kong in the past year for various reasons. During Advent, remembering that Jesus fulfilled the promise to enter our history through the lineage of David brings so much comfort and encouragement. We know that our Lord is faithful, watches over us, and acts in His best timing. Peace flows in our hearts as we know that He reigns and transforms all things. This is the spirit of Christmas.  

Dr Catherine Kwong is the Course Coordinator of Urban Peacemaker School of Missions in Hong Kong, where she helps train Christians to share Jesus in word and deed among her city’s most poor and vulnerable. She studied at China Graduate School of Theology under Langham Scholar Dr Stephen Lee.

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