1st Sermon: Your King Comes to You in Holy Baptism
2nd Sermon: Your King Comes to YOU in Holy Absolution
3rd Sermon: Your King Comes to YOU in the Lord's Supper
2 Samuel 12:1-13
Luther's Small Catechism - Confession
King David tried to out sin God’s mercy. That happens to all of us. We get caught up in something we know we shouldn’t be doing, but the temptation was right there. We were weak. We did it. Now we have to cover it up. Pretend we aren’t that bad. And you get caught. Caught in the spiral of death. And before you know it its escalated beyond your wildest dreams. “I’m not that person,” you think. But you are. In your heart. And now in your actions.
But, whoops. A baby. What to do now? Cover it up. Abuse your kingly authority again to get her husband to come home from his military service to visit his wife. No one will be the wiser. But the husband was too honourable, with his brothers in arms in the field, how could he take what was denied them? He didn’t fall for David’s scheme. So David, commander in chief, told his general what to do. Suicide mission for the husband. When the dust settled what’s left but for a “good” king to take care of widowed Bathsheba by making her his own wife.
A cover up of epic proportions. Covetousness. Adultery. Abuse of authority. Lies. Murder. Culminating in theft when he made the widowed Bathsheba his own. David had broken all the big commandments. And he was smug. For hadn’t he gotten away with it?
David’s joy is restored by God’s salvation. Life lets loose in him. He is God’s man again.
This story is your is your story. You are the man. You have broken God’s laws. Every one of them. You are guilty. That guilt will kill you. It will drive you to despair. It can be just a niggling recognition of wrongdoing. Or it can be a soul crushing grief over sin. Either way you are facing the truth. You are a sinner. From the core. From conception. A sinner to the end. Admitting it is the only way to deal with it. For God does not delight in His children’s suffering.
God restores the joy of His salvation to you. He comes to you. Jesus gives you back your Baptism. He restores you to your rightful place. He does not take your crown of life, nor rob you of His Spirit. He sets His crown back on your head. He pours forth His Spirit in abundance into you. He runs to you to make you His own, for His son who was dead is alive again, His daughter who was lost is found. His forgiveness and love are spoken to you personally when God’s mouthpiece forgives your sins. In that moment your God comes to you on the cross. He puts away your sins from you. They are no longer yours. They belong now to Him who died for them. Christ who rose triumphant gives His life to you.
This is how He works. This is who He is. He hides behind men like Nathan. Fat, thin, short, tall, impressive or not. When the called servants of Christ absolve repentant sinners in His name—God’s will is done! You are His. Salvation is yours. God has come to you in mercy. You can’t out sin His mercy.
Thanks be to God.
In +Jesus’ name, Amen.