Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin.” (2 Samuel 12:13)
We’ve all seen scenes like this before. A person is accused of doing something wrong that could hurt them or their jobs, and what do they almost always do? First, there will be a denial. Usually speaking through their attorneys, they will deny they ever did such a thing. Next, they will attempt to discredit the source. They might paint the accuser as a dishonest person who is a bad person and probably has an ulterior motive for bringing up this accusation. If evidence starts to pile up, you might see them change their stories. If their guilt is undeniably exposed, they may try to strike some kind of bargain. Usually it involves some sort of half-hearted apology to family, friends and supporters.
King David had tried a similar approach. He stood accused of coveting his neighbor’s wife, committing adultery with her, and then murdering her husband. The Bible doesn’t make it clear just how many people knew about David’s sin. Maybe he bullied his palace attendants to cover up his guilt. He may have pressured royal officials into silencing anyone who tried to make public his shameful deeds.
No matter what David did to cover up his guilt, no matter what he told himself to quiet his conscience, none of it worked. His sin was eating away at him the entire time he tried to keep it secret. He had a bigger problem than what a reporter might write about him or how he might change the public’s perception of his character. He had badly missed God’s standard of behavior for every human being. His actions, whether concealed or made public, meant he faced something bigger than a public disgrace or a loss of his earthly power. His sin brought him under God’s judgment of eternal wrath.
That’s why God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David with his sin. Unable to deny his sins and finding no way to hide his guilt any longer, David confessed his sin. And graciously, Nathan was able to assure David of his forgiveness. The Savior Jesus took the punishment David deserved. His guilt was placed on the spotless Lamb of God and sent away. None of it remained with David.
The main point of all this isn’t to find out all the bad things that others have tried to cover up in their lives. The main reason God recorded these words from David’s life is to remind us that we are much more like David than we would ever like to admit. We like David have lived lives full of sins. Some of us like David have even fooled ourselves into thinking we have gotten away with some of our sins without anyone knowing – even God. But God knows and if a brother or sister in Christ confronts us with our sins, don’t deny it or attempt to deflect the blame. Understand it as a loving opportunity to come clean with our sin and find forgiveness in our Savior. It is a beautiful chance to confess like David, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And then have God announce to us, “The LORD has taken away your sin.” This is the wonderful working of God’s crushing Law and God’s saving and comforting Gospel. Go in peace – your sins are forgiven.
— Pastor Gartner
Wednesday March 6 will begin our Midweek Lent Services at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. This year our theme for our midweek services will be "Three Words of Truth." Each service will focus on an important three-word phrase from Jesus' passion and resurrection. Ash Wednesday will begin with the theme: "Is It I?" Please join us for these special worship services. A Supper will be served each Wednesday from 5:30-6:15 and please take note that the Confirmation Classes will be starting at 5:00 pm.
On Sunday mornings, Pastor Frey is leading a study on the first 11 chapters of Genesis—an important and interesting portion of Scripture. Join us this week as continue our discussion of chapter 2 and look at the creation of mankind, marriage/divorce, and the roles of men and woman.
Pastor Gartner has begun his new new study, entitled, "What Must I Do To Be Saved -- A Study of God's Gospel and the Words The Holy Spirit Uses To Proclaim It." We will be looking at the many beautiful words that God uses in the Bible to describe God's plan to save us. Please plan on joining us for these studies.
On Sunday, March 10, everyone at St. John is invited to our Roller Skating outing. The cost is $5.00 and it runs from 4:30-7:00. We still need about 35 more people to sign up to meet our minimum amount. Please sign up at Church as soon as possible if you are interested.
Ladie Painting Night
On Sunday, March 24, all ladies of St. John ages 12 and up are invited to take part in making a painting. The cost is $20 and the sign-up sheet is in the back of Church.