Jonathan took off the robe that was on him, and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and to his bow, and his belt.
1 Samuel 18:4
It was as though he said, “What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for” David, the one chosen of God to deliver Israel. In this Jonathan portrays the attitude of soul which all should manifest toward our Lord Jesus Christ who has overcome for us. He had the power of death in order that He might deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Jonathan’s actions said, “Nothing is too good for David, for him who took his life in his hand to set us free from the dread Philistine who had terrorized Israel for so long.” Surely we who owe all to Him who has wrought so much greater a deliverance should withhold nothing from Christ, who has brought us into “this grace in which we stand.”
I had broken the law, and was sentenced to die;
I knew I was guilty, had naught to reply,
And my conscience tormented me sore;
When my Friend came in view, showed His hands and His side,
And told me that once in my stead He had died,
That I might have life evermore.
Such, then, is my Friend. Oh, I wish I could sound
The praise of His name to earth’s uttermost bound!
I would sound it again and again!
Do you ask who it is that has stilled my complaints?
Oh, listen, ye sinners! Oh, praise Him, ye saints!
It is JESUS, the SAVIOUR OF MEN!
H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 53.