Luke 1:33 Index
"And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."
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" . . . He shall reign . . . "

  • It is noteworthy that in the angelic messages and prophetic utterances given with reference to the birth of Christ, little intimation was given of Christ's role as the suffering One. Here, for instance, Gabriel looks forward to the glorious climax of the plan of salvation, completely passing over any reference to the crucifixion. Perhaps the rejoicing in heaven at the birth of the Saviour, and of those few on earth who recognized and received Him, made it seem inappropriate to mention the cross that must precede the crown. Jesus Himself, "the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endued the cross despising the shame," will sit "down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2). How often the prophets of the Old Testament lifted inspired eyes from the distress brought about by sin to the ultimate glory of the universe purified from all trace of sin! (5BC 682)

" . . . House of Jacob . . . "

" . . . for ever . . . "

  • Literally, "into the ages" (Matthew 13:39). Holy men of old looked forward to the time when the transitory things of earth would give place to the enduring realities of eternity. The kingdoms of earth which, from a human point of view, often appear to rise majestically, one after another, fade away like houses of ice under a summer sun. Men strive for permanency and security; but these will never be achieved until Christ sets up His kingdom - one that will "never be destroyed" (Daniel 2:44), one that will "not pass away" (Daniel 7:14), one that will be "an everlasting kingdom" (Psalm 145:13) and endure "even for ever" (Micah 4:7). The promise of the Father that the kingdom of His Son should be "for ever and ever" (Hebrews 1:8) was not unknown to the Jews of Christ's day (Psalm 45:6; Psalm 45:7; John 12:34). (5BC 682)
  • He [Christ] “shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne” (Zechariah 6:13). Not now “upon the throne of His glory” (Matthew 25:31); the kingdom of glory has not yet been ushered in. Not until His work as a mediator shall be ended will God “give unto Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32), a kingdom of which “there shall be no end” (Luke 1:33). As a priest, Christ is now set down with the Father in His throne. (Revelation 3:21). Upon the throne with the eternal, self-existent One is He who “hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4), who “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), that He might be “able to succor them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father”  (1 John 2:1). His intercession is that of a pierced and broken body, of a spotless life. The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead for fallen man, whose redemption was purchased at such infinite cost. (GC 416)