How would you define the word “grace”?
The dictionary defines it as, “Undeserved divine assistance given to humanity for its regeneration and sanctification.” Others define it as “unmerited divine love and favor extended to sinners.” An ancient saying states: “Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you do not deserve.”
Grace reaches out to the undeserving and lifts one out of their condition forever changing them. It may be you know someone who needs this kind of grace in their lives. If so, know there is certain hope in Christ. Some already enjoy this kind of grace. For those, this message will be a reminder of what Jesus has done in, and for, them. Wherever you stand with the Lord, there is help for you in II Samuel 9.
David extends grace to a man named Mephibosheth. David takes Mephibosheth from cottage to castle. Understand, what David did for Mephibosheth, Jesus can do for you…and even more. Everything changes upon being lifted. For to be lifted is to be changed.
Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, grandson of Saul, was five years old when father and grandfather fell in the Battle of Mount Gilboa. Hearing of this total defeat, his nurse fled with him from the royal residences. In her haste she stumbled and he fell to the ground. This led to an injury by which he could no longer use his legs. He was carried to the land of Gilead where he found refuge in the house of Machir.
The story of David’s care and provision for Mephibosheth is among the more inspiring parts of the Bible. The care and mercy which David showed went far beyond reasonable expectation. There was nothing requiring David to care for him, but the king was concerned and reached out in grace...no strings attached.
What do we have in common with Mephibosheth?
As to culture and time we are worlds apart. However, there is common ground between Mephibosheth and each of us. Understand, all of us have had a similar experience—the experience of being given undeserved grace, royal treatment by a king, instead of being left in the place of no pasture which could be more of a deserved station.
Note David took the initiative in searching out Mephibosheth. How characteristic of God. God took the initiative and found us.
"Do not be afraid, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan" (9:7). This is a picture of the kindness of God, through Jesus Christ. The differences that separated Mephibosheth and David because of Mephibosheth’s connection with the fallen dynasty of Saul were overcome by David.
In the same way that David reached across all the barriers, so God overcomes all obstacles to reconcile us to God’s own heart. God has extended grace to us in spite of the estranging barriers of hostility we erect. Colossians 1:21-22 captures this truth precisely. “And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him.”