The ABC’s of Why We Need Christmas: D

The ABC’s of Why We Need Christmas
D = David, to conquer God’s Enemies

From 10 December 1995  (4th in the Series –  See ABC’s of Why We Need Christmas: C)

nativity1Over the past several weeks, I have spoken to you about why we need Christmas. Adam and Able, Baptism and Blessings, Covenant and Creation. Today I want to look David, the great conquering King of Israel. David was not only King of God’s chosen people, but he himself was chosen and anointed by God to be King. And what is the Hebraic word for one who is chosen and anointed by God?

Yes, MESSIAH , THE CHRIST. David is a Christ.

And not only was he God’s chosen King, but he became in the faith of Israel the model king. David is a prophet, he is king and he served in the role of priest, offering sacrifice to our God (2 Sam 6).

Now in as much as David is King and prophet and priest, David becomes the icon of what it is to be human. For in the beginning as we can discover in the Book of Genesis, God created us to be Kings of this world – we were to have dominion, lordship over all creation. God created us to be prophets – for we humans were to bring God’s message, His Word to one another and to all creation. And God created us to be priests – to offer sacrifice and prayer to God in thanksgiving for all His blessings. We were to transform all creation into a sacrament, an offering to God where God and humanity would meet and commune.

Humanity however sinned, and we lost our ability to be priests and to perform the sacrament of the offering. We sinned and lost the ability to be prophets and hear God’s voice and speak His Word to one another. We sinned and lost our rightful place as kings in God’s creation and we became laborers, working hard to eek out an existence in this world, and then becoming slaves to death.

King David, however, though he was a mortal man, found favor in God’s eyes, and was able to serve as King and Prophet and Priest. But David like each and everyone of us sinned. So he proved himself to be an imperfect human. Now in the modern age we probably would say, “David proved he was only human” when he sinned. But sinning is not what God had in mind when He created us. We were not created to sin but to have communion with God. So David could not become a true human being let alone restore humanity to its God created status.So, let us review a few facts about David and why we need Christmas:

1] Although David himself was a Christ, God promised to David that one of his descendants would found an eternal Kingdom which would never end. (2 Sam 7:12-16). David was not the King to start the eternal Kingdom. A descendent of David would. We needed Christmas to give us the birth of this promised King. (Matt 22:42-45, “The Lord said to my lord…. David calls his descendent Lord”. And by an unbreakable Covenant Promise God said that the kingship in Israel would be found in David and his descendents (Eccles 47:11) (Luke 1:32)

2] Although David was a mighty king and able according to scriptures to subdue all of Israel’s opponents, once and for all (Eccles 47), Israel itself will eventually succumb to its enemies. There were however a few powerful enemies of God and God’s chosen people that were not defeated by David: namely sin and death. We needed Christmas because we who are God’s people are still battling against our enemies of sin and death. We needed a Messiah who could defeat both sin and death.

3] David was not a perfect human being, he sinned terribly. So he could not model for us what it is to be human in God’s terms. Nor could David restore in us a God-given and perfect human nature. We need Christmas for this.

5] The bible speaks of a gigantic war which will end history in which all of God’s enemies are defeated. Those final enemies of sin and death and defeated in Christ Jesus, the promised Messiah, the Savior and perfector of the Human race. It is for him and us that we need Christmas.

Next:  The ABC’s of Why We Need Christmas: E   Eve, Ever Virgin Mary

Three Thoughts

I received via emails a couple of unrelated quotes which I pass along:crucifixion

Mark Twain wrote, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” To which several people said to think about that statement next time you contemplate an icon of Christ’s baptism or crucifixion.

Thomas Merton in December of 1961 wrote which seems very timely :  “I am concerned…with the ‘good’ people, the right-thinking people, who stick to principle all right except where it conflicts with the chance to make a fast buck. It seems to me that there are very dangerous ambiguities about our democracy in its actual present condition.  I wonder to what extent our ideals are now a front for organized selfishness and systematic irresponsibility… Some Americans are not too far from the law of the jungle. If our affluent society ever breaks down, what are we going to have left?”

From a fortune cookie:  “To fail to plan is to plan to fail.”