Advent Day 5-Names of Jesus “Root of David”

Revelation 22:16

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

You may have noticed this, but there is a paradox in this verse. How can someone be “the Root” and “the Offspring” of the same person? We cannot look at the name “Root of David” without taking into account the other name in this verse “Offspring of David”

When the book of Revelation calls Jesus the Root of David, it emphasizes that, as David’s root, Jesus preceded David. David sprung forth from Jesus, as He is the source of David’s life. And as we already know, Jesus is God, part of the triune God, and therefore also our creator. Offspring refers to the human side of Jesus, the biological descendant of David .

The LORD JESUS CHRIST is both the divine ancestor and the human descendant of David.

Additional Reading

Psalm 89:1-4

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Lord bless each one reading this today. Give each courage to be a light in the darkness. Help each of us to be obedient to your leading today as we may be the answer to someone’s prayer. Give us confidence in the words that come from our mouths, as they are your words Lord. In Jesus name, amen.