But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” Hebrews 1, verses 8-9.
These verses are more verses that affirm Jesus’ royal right to the throne of his ancestor, King David. Why should this matter?
Face it: we like pedigrees. We Americans pride ourselves on being independent and republican (little r), because we favor representative democracy as our form of government. Yet we are still a celebrity, pedigree-driven culture. Generations ago, the Kennedys self-anointed themselves as American royalty. Before them, there were the Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Rockefellers; today we have Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk (oh and that Trump guy). Anyone remember the Travie McCoy “Billionaire” song from a few years ago? The PG version of the lyrics sang, “I wanna be a billionaire so frickin bad…smiling next to Oprah and the Queen.” Kardashians, Hiltons, Britney, Lindsey, whoever (and still those Kennedys): we set up celebrities, athletes, politicians, and wealthy people as a sort of royalty. We adore them.
And have you run up against the job market lately? It can be tough to get a job if you don’t have a college degree. And even if you have a degree, you can get into the hiring process and find it difficult to get a job if your degree isn’t from a certain school. Don’t believe me? Since 1988, every president has had a degree from an Ivy League school (the current election will continue the trend). Drop down a few rungs on the vocational ladder and you’ll find most job postings require X, Y and Z qualifications. To get those qualifications, you need to acquire experience, certifications, skills, or specific training. If you don’t meet those qualifications, you don’t make the cut.
We may pride ourselves on being an egalitarian people but in practice, we like pedigrees and royalty and status. They help us to affirm our belief that the one in whom we put our trust is reliable and true.
So consider this: Jesus has the pedigree for our benefit, not His.
Jesus doesn’t need a pedigree. He doesn’t need a certificate, or a degree, or lineage. He’s God; He simply is, the Great I AM. The Bible points this out over and over in both Old and New Testaments. God Himself is all the proof we need of Him and STILL He gives us proof of Himself through revelations in His Word.
But we’re sinful, and that isn’t enough for us. We want our Savior to be a ‘somebody.’ We want our king to be someone who’s ‘been there,’ who’s down for the streets, who can relate to us but still be better than us; someone who has the proof that they have arrived. God knows this, so practically from the very start of time, He gave us prophecies of how He would deliver us through a Savior. As time marched on, He then gave us the pedigree for that Savior, stating how He would fulfill promises made to the Patriarchs, how He would sit on the throne of King David, and how that throne would then last forever. There are hundreds of such prophecies in the Old Testament and it is nearly statistically impossible for any other person in all of recorded history to have satisfied them the way Jesus of Nazareth did. One website I saw listed a 1 in 10^157 probability that one man could fulfill just 48 of those prophecies (http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/radio034.htm). Jesus fulfilled all 456 of them.
That’s quite an affirmation, quite a pedigree.
God gives us a pedigree for our King, and then He sets Him aside as that one true King. We look to our ruler to rule us with justice and to be upright. Jesus lived the life and died the death to prove just that, to establish His Kingdom with those two qualities as its bedrock. His entire ministry here as both man and Son of God was a ministry of just teaching, establishing His word as reliable and true; it has lasted over 2000 years. He did this because He knows we need it, because nobody else ever could.
For more reading: Luke 1:33, Philippians 2:9, Isaiah 61: 1-3, Psalm 45: 6-7, Genesis 3:14-15.
Lord Jesus, You and only You are Lord, Savior and the one true King. Thank You for all the proofs you give to satisfy my human craving to know You more.