The glory of the gospel we proclaim is central here: The LORD shows mercy to the undeserving who believe in Him – in fact, He has long ago promised and sworn an oath and covenant to redeem a precious multitude of weak, weary, distressed, and despairing sinners!
This was demonstrated in David’s own life – when the Lord did, in the words of Psalm 22 vs 20, deliver David’s soul from the sword, and redeem his precious life from the power of the dog – saved him from the mouth of the lion – and rescued him from the horns of the wild oxen
But you and I know there is so much more to this story than the opening scenes in David’s life.
For however much we might join with men in evaluating other people’s fortunes and concluding that they were nothing much, the LORD retunes our minds and captures our believing hearts by describing His holiness, justice and righteous love for His people through the actions of One MAN.
For just as much as we confront the sting of sin and death in our assessment of our own actions – we rejoice that God judged ANOTHER MAN in our place!
This was no case of mistaken identity – this was a work of the Son to deliberately substitute HIMSELF FOR US – and undergo the judgment of God against us IN OUR PLACE!
Ordinarily, sinners meet God’s righteous judgment with one clear statement: guilty and deserving of everlasting punishment in hell, where the worm does not die and the fire of God’s wrath is never quenched.
Yet this is the truth: God has judged ONE MAN’s action in a way that runs so counter to the estimation and ideas of fallen mankind.
Our Heavenly Father, loving all who believe in the Son so much that He would not condemn them, has instead given His Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
How can we not perish?
When we are declared forgive and fully obedient.
How can this happen when we are afflicted, weak, despised by the world and sinners ourselves?
What must happen?
We must be justified – and so we are through the ministry of life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man
How are we justified?
When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Saviour!