Easter is in seven weeks. During this time let’s turn our attention to some of the psalms that speak of Jesus, our Messiah.
Psalm 2:1-12 CSB –
1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and his Anointed One:
3 "Let’s tear off their chains and throw their ropes off of us."
4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. 5 Then he speaks to them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath:
6 "I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain."
7 I will declare the LORD’s decree. He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
8 "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 "You will break them with an iron scepter; you will shatter them like pottery."
10 So now, kings, be wise; receive instruction, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling.
12 Pay homage to the Son or he will be angry and you will perish in your rebellion, for his anger may ignite at any moment. All who take refuge in him are happy.
When Jesus came to earth as a man,
Philippians 2:6-8 CSB – 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death — even to death on a cross.
Psalm 2, however, gives us another facet of the picture —
Philippians 2:9-11 CSB – 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
As we enter this season leading up to Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, let’s remember . . .
He is the Sovereign God.
His sacrificial death on the cross was sufficient for all of our sins.
He died, and was buried, but death could not keep Jesus. He raised from the dead, and
Hebrews 7:25 CSB – 25 Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them.
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
One thought on “Focus on Christ for Easter — the Messianic Psalms”
A couple of things come to mind as I read Psalm 2..All manner of men, from kings to rulers of nations, right down to, even, you and I, we rail against God and rebel against God! We want to be free to do as we please, but, to no avail! ( and is that really any kind of freedom at all? No,it is bondage!) ‘God, decrees a thing, and surely it will come to pass!” Jesus, God’s Beloved Son, to be for us, Savior, Redeemer, and Lord! Our refuge, the One in whom, we can trust to bring us true freedom!
Another thought,”Ask of me and I will surely give the nations as an inheritance!” I understand that means, Jesus is Lord over the nations! And, that He will deal with them accordingly.. But, I can’t help but wonder, If we were to pray for the nations to be saved, to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, if they would, their stop their railings and trying to do things their own way, in their own strength, and that their fetters and cords of bondage would be broken off, too? I see that verse as, a call to us from God to pray for the nations!