August 22, 2008 - Friday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 2:1-27; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

So David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. (1 Kings 2:10)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. King David was the greatest king of Israel. He was the one who, trusting in the Lord, defeated the arrogant giant Goliath. It was David who defeated the Philistines and other enemies of God's people and brought peace at last to the Promised Land where they lived. David was a sinner; after all it was he who stole Bathsheba from her husband. Yet, the Lord's mercy was upon David and so he died as a great hero and man of God. But, he's still dead.

The One who is greater than David is did not remain dead. In fact, St. Peter, on Pentecost, preached just that you could find David's tomb (Acts 2:29).. But Christ's tomb is empty. The One whom David foretold in the Psalms was Jesus, his own descendant. Born in the line of David, even in the City of David (Bethlehem), Jesus is the One who comes to be the true king of whom David was but a foreshadowing and picture.

Jesus came to do what not even King David could do. David could fight Philistines and beat them. But David couldn't beat death. Jesus can defeat death. Jesus diddefeat death! While King David died at a good old age, Jesus was killed by evil men. Yet His death happens to accomplish what no battle of King David could ever achieve: the forgiveness of sins for all people and the destruction of death's power and the Devil's kingdom. As David defeated the Philistines who attacked God's people, even more so Jesus destroyed the Devil's power and kingdom by paying the price for our sins.

As David was anointed and became King and enjoyed the blessings of being the ruler, so the Lord makes you royalty by anointing you with the Spirit in the washing of the font, making the royal proclamation that your sins are forgiven and inviting you to feast upon the flesh and blood of King Jesus, the Savior.

David is dead. But he will rise on the Last Day, as will you, because the Greater King, Jesus, has conquered our enemy Death and brought us into the kingdom of His forgiveness and peace. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Hail to the Lord's anointed, Great David's greater Son! Hail, in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, To set the captive free, To take away transgression And rule in equity. (LSB 398:1)