Nathan says, "you are the man," and with those and the words that followed, ancient history and the time I live are joined.
Christ fulfills the law and prophets by being "Son of David" and descendant of "Solomon who's whose mother was Uriah's wife" (Matthew 1:1,6) I am, through Christ, not the descendant, of David, the victorious leader of 2 Samuel 10. Instead, I am the heir of the second son born to David and Bathsheba. His bloodlines are carried by Joseph - Jesus' earthly father. David's other sons would not be transmitting the glory of God, through the building of the temple and the sharing Word of God.
The temple built by Solomon would last 14 generations and be destroyed by Babylonians. The replacement temple was restored to the grandeur of the first 14 generations later by King Herod I, the same king who ordered the massacre of the innocents upon hearing of Christ's birth.
In the temple Herod built, the Holy Spirit performed a miracle, through John and Peter, that shows the transforming power of Christ. Christ, who was free of the bloodguilt of his earthly father because of his immaculate conception. Christ, who lived, taught, was crucified, resurrected, ascended to heaven, and through the power of his Holy Spirit emboldened and empowered his apostles. Through these apostles, I learn my hope is in Christ as they declare, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
The temple the Sanhedrin stood in was destroyed by the Romans in a massacre about 40 years after the meeting with John and Peter. Its ruins are at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These ruins help confirm that the Christ I believe in is not a myth but lives in the present historical record.
Help me, Lord, by faith in Christ, confess and repent of my sin. Guide me to show love, by acting with the wisdom and courage of Nathan, when I am called to confront the sin of fellow believers. Guide my heart to love you with the passion of David, who in his old age had seen "troubles many and bitter" and who could sing: "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you - I, whom you have redeemed." (Psalm 71:23).
A Sound Man who is a sound man!