It is common in sports writing to refer to the story of David and Goliath. The media loves to ascribe to a team the title of David and to another the title of Goliath. One team is stronger, faster, bigger and more athletic. Almost anyone who looked at the two teams side by side would say that there is no chance that the bigger team would lose to this outmatched small and scrawny team. However, sports writers love to use the David and Goliath analogy because they know in history that there are times the underdog has won. There is something captivating about the underdog. I think this is so because so many of us have faced situations in life where it looks as if we will inevitably lose. When we see our team pull off the improbable upset we feel as if we have won ourselves, that we have defeated Goliath. The next day at work or around town we are decked out in our team’s colors and we are quick to remind everyone of what happened the night before.
Deep down we know that there stands before us in this life Goliaths that we can not defeat. We know that left to our own devices there will not be the same outcome as there was with David and Goliath in the Bible. First we have sin. We know that we stand before God condemned. We have done things and thought things that we know are wrong and we stand before a perfectly holy God who will not let any sin go unpunished. Then on the other end we live this life knowing that we will die. We look around and everyone dies. It is a terrifying predicament that we find ourselves in.
The story of David and Goliath points us to Christ as our true king. However Jesus does not stand before our enemies as a small and weak shepherd boy, but as the king of the universe. He has defeated our enemies of sin and death on the cross. In our union with Christ it is as if we have won in a very real way. Christ has won us righteousness by living a perfect life. He has taken on God’s wrath for our sin on the cross. He has defeated death by being raised from the grave. He has literally overcome death. Therefore if we are united to Him by faith we too we one day rise from the grave. We our enraptured by stories of underdogs winning because we know ourselves to be massive underdogs when it comes to our enemies, but we have a true and perfect king who has defeated our enemies for us and allows us to claim the victory which he has won. This is the king which we worship.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:1-18:5
Sermon: Deliverance Through the True Champion