Both of these men began their lives in very humble settings. Jesus was born in a barn to a laborer, and David was a shepherd servant. Both men were instruments used by God. David was accompanied by the Holy Spirit throughout his forty year reign, and helped spread the word of the Living God throughout Israel and Judah. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of the Messiah, and through his ministry and the sacrifice of himself, founded the basis of what would develop into Christianity.
Since the moment that Samuel anointed David to be king in 1 Samuel 16, the spirit of the Lord had been with him. However, continually plaguing David and his efforts to be righteous was Saul. Saul was not necessarily a man who was evil, in fact the situation was quite the opposite. During the early part of Saul’s reign in Israel, the Lord’s spirit was with him, guiding him in all that he did.
It was not until the Lord’s presence shifted from residing in Saul to residing in David that we see Saul becoming the man that he is the second half of 1 Samuel. For David in his pursuit of righteousness as a King and as a man of God’s word, his antagonist could be deemed Saul. For Jesus, his antagonist would be the Pharisees. This Jewish sect wanted nothing more than to lessen Jesus’ influence.
Another parallel is found towards the end of David’s reign, in the latter half of chapter 19 of 2 Samuel, David is found pardoning the crimes of his enemies. This is similar to a story found in the Gospels that tells of Jesus pardoning a criminal condemned to die along side him. The message that Jesus brought to the world was one of pardon, and this is a very vivid illustration of that theme.
If a commoner under the rule of David were to describe their reasons for deeming David a hero, their list would most likely include his ability to unify Israel, and his reputation as a warrior for killing his “ten thousands”, namely the Philistine, Goliath. While he certainly did lead his people to the Lord, this is not the reason for his “hero” status.
Jesus Christ, son of the Living God, could be deemed a hero for reasons entirely different. He being the messiah is enough in itself to be considered a hero by many, and his healings and proclamations of morality and fervency to God would give him “hero” status to most others.
Whether it is the aspirations of their hearts, or their reactions to occurrences in their lives, David and Jesus have many parallels. Close examination of God’s word, both Old Testament and New, can show the relationship of God’s plan. While one thousand years may have separated their existence on earth, David and Jesus surely exhibit similar qualities.