Sunday, 6 March 2022
“Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power…” -Psalm 110:3
Psalm 110 is a Messianic Psalm written by David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Psalm proclaims the gospel message revealing the Messiah - Jesus Christ as the King and the Priest who saves His people and establishes His rule. As we dwell on God’s Anointed One – Jesus Christ’s lordship, may our hearts surrender to this wonderful King who came to rescue us from the dominion of sin and darkness.
THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST
The kingship of Christ has a present and future aspect. Jesus Christ the perfect, sinless Son of God, left heaven and came to this fallen world in human form proclaiming the ‘gospel of the kingdom of God’ (Mark 1:14-15). He became the Suffering Servant who bore the punishment for our sins and died in our place. He was raised to life by God, exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven (Eph.1:19-21). All who believe in Christ as Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9), are saved from eternal death. He has purchased us by His precious blood and He reigns as King over our lives. And He (God) put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:22-23). By His great mercy and love we are redeemed and now our focus should be to love our King and live in obedience to His Kingdom principles.
As the Eternal King, He is ‘the Alpha and the Omega… who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’ (Rev.1:8) He has power and dominion over all creation and in His second coming, the Righteous King will gather His people and bring eternal judgment, putting an end to all wickedness. The second coming of Christ is both a promise to believers who eagerly await a joyful union, as well as a warning to all who rebel against the Kingship of Christ. The Lord Jesus will surely come to establish his Kingdom, fulfilling every prophecy of His return. So, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15) Turn to Him and be saved!
THE PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST
The Lord has sworn [an oath] and will not change His mind: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”(Ps.110:4; Hebrews 7:17)) The Book of Hebrews gives a thorough understanding of the unique high priestly duties of Christ. As the great High Priest, Jesus Christ has once and for all offered His own blood for the eternal redemption for all who believe (Heb. 9:11-14). Because our High Priest has suffered and was tested in every way, yet remained without sin, He understands our sorrows and struggles and is able to empathize with us and help in our struggles. ‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ (Heb. 4:14-16) Further, Jesus Christ is our advocate who intercedes for us with God the Father, in Heaven (1 Timothy 2:5). … He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
There is only one acceptable response for all who know this Mighty King– we offer ourselves completely and willingly in service to Him. With humble hearts, let us respond to His great love with lives that yield to his kingship and authority. Let us be His heralds sharing the good news with the broken hearted, watchmen bearing a warning and showing the way to the lost, prayer warriors interceding for the needy, witnessing Christ to all the world!
Prayer: Precious LORD, with a thankful heart, I submit myself to your kingship and authority. Let me always be responsive to Your leading and willingly chose to serve You daily. Amen.