Sermon text 2 Samuel 19 - David returning to Jerusalem after Absalom's death, pardoning Shimei, Ziba, Mephibosheth.
Christ has ascended to His Father, who has promised to put all of His Son’s enemies under His feet. As Jesus prepares to receive His kingdom, all men are drawn to Him. How do you come? Do you hold back from coming like Israel, because you have betrayed the king, and cannot bear to face Him? He calls you to come, eager to forgive. Do you come quickly, like Shimei, thinking that He has to forgive if you come more sincerely, emotionally, or thoughtfully than others? It is not a competition, and you cannot manipulate God. Lay down your striving and your sin, and proclaim Him your king. Do you come to the table arguing with your church family about who loves Jesus more, or about who has it right, or who loves him in the right way? Lay that down here, confess, and don’t pick it up again when you leave. Do you come like Barzillai, seeking a blessing for your children or your friends from the king? Do you come seeking Christ’s kingdom first, like Mephibosheth, letting goods and kindred go, this mortal life also?
Your king offers you a kind invitation. He cuts down those who refuse to come. But why refuse? You have before you life and death, curses and blessing. So choose life. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.