Jesus’ Titles (Matthew 1:1)

Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1)

What a statement! With just these 10 words of introduction, a Jewish person could understand the position and purpose of Jesus.

Jesus was a named derived from Jehoshua which means Jehovah is salvation. In merely two words, Jesus is declared to be the Jehovah who saves. Those of us who know him as savior have recognized and experienced the salvation that he brings.

The title Son of David reveals that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises in the Davidic covenant. The Davidic covenant states that from David a King would arise, build a house, establish a kingdom and sit upon the throne for ever. (2 Samuel 7:11-13). These important details were also conveyed to Mary when she received the announcement from Gabriel. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:32-33)
Jesus’ kingdom–thou yet invisible–has already begun as he rules in the hearts of believers. Upon his return, he will establish a visible earthly kingdom which he shall be reigned in righteousness.

Son of Abraham indicates that Jesus is the long awaited seed that was promised to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, 6-7; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-14; 22:15-18. The first mention of a promised seed appeared in Genesis chapter three and by this seed, the head of the enemy will be crushed. Although the world that we live in seems to become increasingly dark, Jesus continues to be in control. He will continue to save all that call upon him and will dwell within each believer bringing them the peace that passes all understanding.

What more do we need? When you have the Jehovah that saves, the King of Heaven and Earth and the promised seed who crushes your enemy, you really don’t need anything else.