Martin Luther in his 95 theses states in the first thesis that the Christian life ought to be one marked by repentance. However, if you are anything like Christians in the past you can struggle with this. Repentance in many ways is hard and yet it is so simple. Paul in his epistles speaks of the struggle between what we want to do and what we actually do. There is consistent friction in the Christian life between our desire to repent and our harboring and holding on to our sins. When we live in close relationships to others such as a best friend or spouse plenty of opportunities come up for us to repent. We know deep down that in order to restore our relationships we need to repent and yet we have such a hard time letting go of our sin.
There is an aspect to repentance which is a letting go of the sins that you hold on to. God in his infinite wisdom knows that the sins which we hold on to not only keep us from him, but they also will ultimately destroy us. When we do repent and let go of those things which separate us from others we enjoy sweet restoration and communion with our friends and family.
As we finish out this series on 1 Samuel we come to a central theme which is seen throughout Scripture. It is also highlighted in the contrast between king Saul and king David. The theme is repentance. We have salvation when we repent and turn to the Lord. Saul’s life is marked by sin, disobedience and pride. It is colored by a poignant lack of repentance. As his life comes to an end you can see how his unrepentant heart has destroyed him. This sets us up for a king who is true and honorable. Saul is harsh, dishonest and prideful but the king who is to come, Jesus Christ, is long-suffering, true and humble. This is the king we always wanted and he is the one to lead us and deliver us from our enemies of sin and death. He has opened up for us the way of salvation in his sacrifice for us. Since we continually sin, Jesus continually calls us to repent of our sins and return to him so that we can not only experience sweet restoration but so that we may also glorify him in his amazing grace and love.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Sermon: That Which Is To Come
Confession of Faith
Question 26 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q: How does Christ Execute the office of a king?