Day 18

Key of David, Come

from the Advent 2023 reading plan

2 Samuel 7:8-16, Isaiah 52:7-10, John 12:12-13, Revelation 3:7-8, Revelation 1:12-18

BY Patti Sauls

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

What makes Christmas hit deep for you? For me, it’s a lump in my throat as I carefully unpack my grown daughters’ handmade childhood ornaments. Or it’s a heart pang when I hear the first slow, somber notes of “What Child Is This?” If I pause and pay attention, I feel deep longings for home, belonging, peace, and hope. How does a baby in a Bethlehem manger unlock the mystery of these powerful feelings? 

A look at ancient Israel gives us some answers. Second Samuel 7 records God’s covenant with His nation and His chosen leader, King David. God promised to sustain David’s legacy and lineage, to give His people a protected homeland, and to enable David’s son, Solomon, to build a house for His presence to dwell in instead of a tent (2Samuel 7:10–13). What a promise! God would give His people a safe place to call home, a chosen line of kings to lead them, and permanent access to Himself.

But wait, there’s more. Watch this promise deepen and expand. His genealogy in Matthew 1 tells us that He was born into the family tree of King David, which qualified Him to have a significant leadership role in Israel. Yes, God promised that Jesus was to be included in the line of David. But that pales in comparison to His deeper, divine birthright. The angel told Mary, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David (Luke 1:31–32).

Jesus is the Son of God, “…the Holy One, the true one, the one who has the key of David…” (Revelation 3:7). Jesus, the key of David, unlocked the shackles of sin and death. He faced and fought death—and won.

“I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.” 
—Revelation 1:18  

As His people, Jesus frees us from the prison of sin and sorrow and delivers us from brokenness and death itself. He leads us, protects us, and prepares an eternal home where we will dwell with Him in peace. Do you see how God’s ancient covenant with King David expands and culminates in Jesus ruling and reigning forever? Jesus is the ultimate Son, ultimate King, and ultimate deliverer. He brings us home.Notice that when God is speaking to David, we see the word forever three times (2Samuel 7:13,16). In King Jesus, our deepest longings for home, belonging, community, and hope are fulfilled forever, forever, forever! This is why Christmas hits deep. Part of that community touches us right now as we read together and know that we’re not alone in pausing and paying attention to what this week before Christmas unlocks for us. O key of David, come!

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63 thoughts on "Key of David, Come"

  1. Karen Breaux says:

  2. Jenifer N says:

    This year has been a hard reflection – my daughter is having Great Depression
    My youngest having depression and stress over her new routine
    My husband is retiring and we will have a new normal
    My daughter in law is drinking to much and tried taking a bottle of pills –
    My son is going nuts over what to do with his wife
    All this with in 24 hours of getting ready for my husbands retirement –
    It’s just nuts
    We are trying to focus on Jesus , when all we want is to rush through this season

  3. Wanda Woehlert says:

    Jesus is the ultimate Son, ultimate King, and ultimate deliverer.

  4. Lauri Azzaro says:

    As I sit& reflect on what Jesus has done for me: free me from sin, sorrow, and death and graciously offered protection, peace, and life eternal, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and humbled by His great love….
    ”How Great Thou Art”!

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  6. Lindsey Bradley says:

    Reminds me of the song, “Yeshua.”

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  8. Briana Errington says:

    I feel like I’ve been constantly on the go this Christmas season! Just caught up on all the hustle and bustle! I pray that I make time the week to just spend time with God and really lean in to the true reason for this time of year!

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