In has been a rollercoaster ride of a week in the life of David and we have had everything in his battle with Absalom.
2 Samuel 19 v 9 to 19 v 43
Today, David returns to Jerusalem and it is a time of reconciliation and forgiveness – some of those that stood against David are forgiven by David.
Forgiveness is a challenge for us in our Christian lives – what would you have done in David’s position? Would you have forgiven those who stood against you?
Tom Wright in his book “The day the revolution began” talks about how forgiveness is at the centre of the Christian faith alongside the resurrection.
Believing in Jesus’ resurrection is hard not merely because it’s difficult to get our minds around the idea of a person going through death and out into a new sort of bodily existence the other side, though that does indeed challenge our imaginations at the deepest level. It’s hard because we are asked to grasp or be grasped by the fact that a new reality, a new mode of existence, has been introduced to the world. This is at the heart of the ongoing revolution: that a new way of being human has been launched, a way that starts with forgiveness (God’s forgiveness of those who turn from their now defeated idols) and continues with forgiveness (the forgiveness offered by Jesus’s followers in his name and by his Spirit to all who have wronged them). This is why forgiveness, in both senses, looms large in the prayer Jesus taught his followers. This is what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like when heaven comes to earth, when God’s kingdom comes and his will is done in the world of humans as it is in the world of the angels. Forgiveness is the new reality. It is the power of the revolution. Praying the Lord’s prayer and believing in Jesus’s resurrection turn out ultimately to be all about the same thing.
I pray that forgiveness will be at the centre of our relationship with Christ as it was with David’s.