Can you believe it? The fourth Sunday of Advent has passed. The celebration of God’s entrance into the world is at hand. Considering its nearness we can relate to our topic for the fourth Sunday of our Advent celebration. The second coming of Jesus. As we celebrate the First Coming, an event that defines time and has impacted the world more than any other, it is our goal to fit it into its proper perspective. We have considered the Big Picture of God’s plan of redemption beginning with The PROBLEM of Sin in Psalm 5, The PLAN of God to redeem us rebels in Psalm 8 and The PERSON of Jesus Christ who came and accomplished that plan in Psalm 40. This past Sunday we looked at the PROMISE of His Return to defeat His enemies once and f0r all and to claim His Bride, the Church. This is the ultimate consummation of His plan of Redemption. Not just to save men from sin, but to redeem the whole of creation and set all things right.
Colossians 1:19-20 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
As we look into Psalm 45 we see that the Sons of Korah have written a love song to their Great King. This is the subject of that song. Psalms 45:1-5 “To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah. A Song of Love. My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2 You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. 3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. 4 And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. 5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; The peoples fall under You.”
As they begin to sing their song, it could be of any conquering king who has gone out to battle in a righteous cause. Nonetheless, their king is a conqueror. But we see in the next verses who that King really is and what His conquest is all about.
Psalms 45:6-7 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
God is their King and he will conquer in Righteousness. This King is God and yet God is His God. The Apostle uses this section of the Psalm in Hebrews 1 to declare the deity of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:8-9 But to the Son He says: “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER; A SCEPTER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE SCEPTER OF YOUR KINGDOM. 9 YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS MORE THAN YOUR COMPANIONS.”
Jesus as King is One who conquers. He is a Mighty Hero leading His armies. This does not speak of His first coming but of His second. As we follow the text of Psalm 45 we see that upon His victory He takes a Bride. Psalms 45:8-9 “All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. 9 Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.” As the Conquering King achieves His victory and takes His Bride, as the King is God and his Throne is forever, it becomes a parallel passage to Revelation 19 where we see the Bride and then final Battle. This is where all things are set aright. This is where the redemption of all things is complete. This is the ultimate goal of the Baby that was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.
As we consider the celebration of God taking on Human flesh, as we gaze upon the Manger Scenes, as we sing the songs and gather with family and friends, remember that in that Holy Infant there is the plan of the ages and the promise of the future all coming together in the Person of Jesus Christ. That it Him all will be set right, once and for all. And may our response be as the Sons of Korah as we consider it, “My heart is overflowing with a good theme.” (Psalm 45:1) May the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ make your heart boil over with praises to our God and King!
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