Continuing to see Christ in 1 Samuel, moving into 2 Samuel
Facilitated by Pastor Joedy
We previously talked on how Christ is our Prophet, and how Christ is our Priest. We had some parallels between Samuel and Jesus, and now we’re going to have a look at how Christ is our true Savior and King.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders, and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In the verse that follows Isaiah 9:6, we put a little emphasis on ‘He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom’… This follows God’s covenant made with David, that he will always have someone from his bloodline in power. And who is better to represent the bloodline than the Prince of Peace indeed? “Don’t settle for the less when you can have the Best!”
Speaking of Kingdoms, well, great kingdoms are birthed from great kings… And there can be no better king than the King of Kings, who is Christ. We read in Psalm 144:1-2, and 12-15 a small glimpse of how it seems to have our King of Kings as the one presiding over the Kingdom:
Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle;
he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.
May our sons in their youth
be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace;
may our granaries be full,
providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
and ten thousands in our fields;
May our cattle be heavy with young,
suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!
King David wrote this, but he wanted to point out that things are certainly different when Christ is King. And it should be emphasized that God wants all people to be in His kingdom.
“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Jesus came to bring God’s Kingdom. He sought to restore us into the kingdom of light by way or restoration and adoption, bringing us back to the presence of the King. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” Romans 14:17 – It was this kingdom that Jesus was praying about in Matthew 6:10, it was this kingdom that Jesus featured in His preaching and parables in, say, Mark 1:15.
It was also this Kingdom that Jesus Christ represented in earnest, demonstrating His power over other kingdoms, other demons (Acts 10:38) – It’s all to show God’s greatness as in through His kingdom, and His goodness as in how Christ worked for us to be in His kingdom.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
Jesus is the King of Kings. We can see perspectives on this from highlights in David’s life.
Before David was even made King, God already had a lot of exploits through him; in the earliest mentions of David we already hear how he is a man after God’s own heart. He was the least of the house of Jesse to be chosen and anointed… and the same anointed not only became the giant killer, but he also rose to be a great and victorious captain in the ranks of Israel. It was around this time that Saul started feeling envy against David, whom the multitudes said had slain his ten thousands.
On the other hand… Jesus is God’s anointed, with no comely appearance, but yet He was the destroyer of the works of the devil.
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
David was also rejected and persecuted by no less than the jealous king, Saul. Because of his insecurities, David was treated like an enemy, being pursued like a fugitive… and even if David had at least 2 chances to kill Saul, he held back… And even when Saul actually died, David wept and was full of anguish and sorrow.
See, here. Jesus was persecuted by the religious leaders, and his own people. He was handed over to Roman power because of the jealousy of the religious leaders. And just like David, He wept for those who persecuted Him – ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do’
We are all One in Christ. We are united in Jesus. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”Galatians 3:28
We have fullness in Christ. He is the Ark of God’s presence, the fullness of the Godhead bodily. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.Colossians 1:19-20
We have adoption in Christ – Through Jesus we are adopted as deeply loved sons and daughters of the King. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5
At this time we are led to remember Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, and Jonathan’s son. His story was a beautiful picture of how Christ remembers our covenant and restores us into His family.
We have atonement in Christ. So many other things to find similar between Christ and David, but we’re about to see how Christ is actually the superior King.
For see, Christ’s Kingdom doesn’t begin in outward structures or organizations of man. It begins in the hearts of men transformed by His love and grace. This was something that the religious leaders of His time did not understand. They were seeking the former. They were seeking a Messiah to vanquish the prevalent Roman empire, not knowing Christ had something far greater in mind. He knew that unless a man’s heart is changed, God’s kingdom cannot fully manifest in this life and this reality. It all begins in the heart.
David was humbled in his sin with Bath Sheba… but Jesus humbled HIMSELF.
David was placed on the throne. Jesus came down from the throne.
David sinned and wrote about the cross. Jesus took our sin and paid the price of death on the Cross. David wrote about it. Jesus DID it.
David’s dynasty was promised and served as a channel for the Messianic King to come. Jesus’ Kingdom will last forever and ever, and His is the name above all names!
And the kingdom and the dominion
and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High;
his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’
God is truly faithful to all His promises, even though man may fail Him, He continues to reach out in love and thinks of the best for him. He so loved the world to the point that He gave His Son, so that man may receive His kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in His Spirit through Jesus the King of Kings!
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