Friday, July 27, 2012

Christ Our King

 5The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
 6He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
 7He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head. 

Christ Our King!

Who is this Christ that David portrays in Psalm 110? What happened to the sweet, loving, and gentle Savior? We love to hear about our Savior who shelters His own and gently cares for the sheep of His flock, but we are not as content to hear of Him as the Conqueror, leading the charge of battle, completely decimating His foes! Why is that?

To accept Christ as one without the other is to not accept Christ at all! Christ is kind, loving, gentle, and long suffering toward the weak of this world. He is ever present to meet their fledgling needs. For them, He came to this earth to pay the debt of their sins, and provide a home in heaven. However, to those who ignore and reject Him, He is a hardened soldier, ready to do battle against the wicked of this world. In the end, He will leave no survivors!

John Calvin, in his commentary on Psalm 110 makes this interesting statement.
Wherefore it becomes us carefully to refrain from provoking his wrath against us by a stiff-necked and rebellious spirit, when he is tenderly and sweetly inviting us to come to him.
Let us remember that our God is God; there are none like Him. He rules righteously and justly, and will brook none who disdain to follow Him. Though the wicked may seem to be laughing their way through this life, with not a care in the world, allowing none to have the mastery over them, they are foolish in their short sightedness. 

Those who will not have Christ to rule over them are slave servants of Satan, who cares nothing about them, but only desires to pull them away from the only One who can truly come to their aid. Let us, as followers of Christ, not be deceived by the cunning craftiness of the devil. 

Christ is certainly long suffering, giving the wicked every possible opportunity to repent, but the day will come when time shall be no more. What is done will be done, what has been decided will have been decided, and what happens next can in no way be avoided. For, at that time, Christ will rule quickly and decisively, disarming and destroying all of His enemies including Satan and all of His minions who thought to rebel against God.

This, dear fellow believer, is Christ, our Lord and our King. In Him we owe everything, for He is all we need for life, for hope, and for eternity!

God Bless You,

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