So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule and brought him to Gihon. There Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” And all the people went up after him, playing on pipes, and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth was split by their noise.
Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished feasting. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, “What does this uproar in the city mean?” While he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came. And Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a worthy man and bring good news.” Jonathan answered Adonijah, “No, for our lord King David has made Solomon king, and the king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites. And they had him ride on the king’s mule. And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon, and they have gone up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise that you have heard. Solomon sits on the royal throne. Moreover, the king’s servants came to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make the name of Solomon more famous than yours, and make his throne greater than your throne.’ And the king bowed himself on the bed. And the king also said, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has granted someone to sit on my throne this day, my own eyes seeing it.’” I Kings 1:38-48 ESV
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:52b-57 ESV
There’s an old story from long ago, about an English Lord of Lorn who sent his son to France to study, and he sent a steward along to take care of him. However, the steward was a wicked man who dressed the young man in rags and took the noble clothes for himself, and came to France pretending to be the lord’s son. He even persuaded the Duke of France to promise his daughter to him in marriage. But the duke’s daughter happened to meet the true son, and asked him why he was so sad. He wouldn’t tell her because he had sworn to the steward that he wouldn’t, but the lady took the young man on as a worker in the duke’s stables. One day she was in the stables when a horse kicked the lord’s son, and he told the horse, “You don’t know who you are kicking!” The lady told him to tell his story to the horse, and she listened in. Then she told her father to write to the Lord of Lorn and ask him to come to France. The lord came and exposed the steward as a liar, and the true son was married to the duke’s daughter while the wicked steward was put to death.
This is a little bit like the story of Solomon and Adonijah. Solomon was the true heir to David’s throne, but Adonijah tried to grab the throne for himself. He might have gotten away with it, but David stepped in and put a stop to Adonijah’s plot, and made sure that the true heir became the next king of Israel. When David’s friends had done everything David told them, Adonijah was still at the feast he was giving, and he and all the people with him heard all the uproar going on in the city for Solomon. A messenger came and told Adonijah what had happened, and he knew that his hopes for the throne were over. It was a major reversal.
There was another major reversal that we all are a part of. We were created by God to live forever in his world, but our sin brought us under the power of death and evil. We were helpless to free ourselves, but Jesus came and died and rose again for us. He overturned the power of death and the devil and won the victory for us. He brought us back to God, our Heavenly Father, and made us his people now and forever. Jesus took what was wrong and made it right again, and he will love us and keep us his people always.
Dear Jesus, thank you for winning the victory over sin and death so that they no longer have any power over us. Amen.