Friday, March 29, 2013

A King, A Son, Good Friday

"The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!”   II Samuel 18:33

Samuel tells us that …."In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him." This beautiful son of King David was a man riddled with rebellion and hatred. He avenges the rape of his sister, Tamar, by her brother Amnon by murdering him. He lives many years totally estranged from his father- never seeing David's face and sets in motion a conspiracy to take the  throne of Israel-the throne of his own father-by a coup d'etat. In the end, as he is riding his mule, he is caught in the crotch of a tree, hanging by the neck and ultimately killed by Joab, who plunged three javelins into his heart as he hanged in the tree.

What a picture to be seen! We live our lives as Absalom, being the center of our universe, thinking ourselves equal to the King, looking to overthrow and set ourselves up as the ruler of our lives, our own kingdoms. Thinking ourselves wise and confident and in the right, we live in estrangement from our Father King, going for times upon times without seeing our Father's face. David loved his son deeply,  "And the spirit of the king longed to go to Absalom"….. Absalom's father was powerless to stop him.

Today is Good Friday. Today is the day that our Father King became His own Son-an obedient Son-in
whom was found no sin, no blemish. A Son who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was hanged
on a tree and pierced in the side with a spear, a Son who, for a moment in time, became the sin and
rebellion and was totally estranged from His own Father.  Our Father King - whose Spirit longed to
come to us - became the Son and died in our stead. What David wished he could have done for his
child, our Father, who is not a powerless Father nor a powerless King, did do for us.

Bible Verse for Good Friday:
"It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until
the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was
torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit
my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing
what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 
Luke 23:44-47 (NIV)