Why is Good Friday a big deal? Because of people like David (the biblical one) and the rest of us.
Shortened 2 Samuel 12 – the thing David did (adultery and deception) displeased the LORD, so the LORD sent Nathan to David. Nathan promptly told a story:
A rich guy had a bunch of stuff, including lots of livestock. A poor guy had nothing except one lamb, which he treated like a daughter. One day a traveler stopped by the rich guy’s place, so it was party time. Rather than kill one of his own lambs, the rich guy stole the poor guy’s one lamb, killed it, and cooked it.
David became enraged on hearing the story. “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die,” David yelled.
Nathan: “You are the man!”
(In essence, you had multiple wives but took another man’s wife.)
The result is going to be bad, very bad.
Nathan: “God says, I will raise up trouble against you from within your own family; and I will take away your wives, and I will will do it publicly.”
David then does not act like a self-centered, powerful king; he acts like the humble follower of God he once had been.
David: “I have sinned against the LORD.”
In light of David’s confession, Nathan says something amazing. “Now the LORD has put away your sin; you will not die.”
On Good Friday, we confess our sins. On Easter, we receive the very good news that God has put away our sin. Jesus is resurrected. We can be resurrected, as well.
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