So where were we? Last week we looked at two stories of two men who exemplified victory and defeat (David and Saul). We decided it would be fitting to look at the ultimate battle – the greatest battle ever fought in the history of the world. I’ll say that from the outset, it looked like it ended in defeat.
Before jumping too far ahead let me say a word about defeat from last week’s “hero” David. Even though David won the battle against Goliath he lost many others. He lost battles to lust, pride, power, murder and horrific family dynamics. I am in no way insinuating that we should look to David as the ultimate model for our lives. I think David is a great example for our lives but he is merely a caricature; a smaller picture of a greater manhood exemplified in a greater “David.”
A Greater David for All the Lesser Sauls
There’s only one real man in history… and he’s not David, Saul, Paul, your dad or the local church pastor. All other real men are but a picture of the only real man who ever lived. You may be experiencing a season of extended defeat or frustration. Perhaps you’re experiencing victory in your life right now. I can assure you that regardless of where you are right now there is a greater defeat than yours. Likewise there is a greater victory than the one you’re walking in. We’re about to see how the greatest victory and defeat are mutually shared between us and the “Greater David” – Jesus.