I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.  Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.  You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.” (ESV)
I'm thinking about Christmas. Not because it's that time of year. Not because I am greedy for a bunch of gifts. Not even because of the wonderful time spent with family and friends. I am thinking about Christmas because we are looking at this Psalm! In verse 7 of this Psalm the Psalmist speaks prophetically about the coming King, the Son of God. He has a name. You know him as Jesus.
In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews quotes this very verse in reference to Jesus being the Son of God. Christmas is the celebration of the King of Kings who came in human flesh, the very Son of God. It is wonderful to see here in the Old Testament this description of the relationship of Father to Son in the Trinity.
As we continue in these verses in Psalm 2 we see the Son of God pictured as a conquering king. Yes, he came as a little baby. Yet, he will come again as a righteous judge. He will break the nations apart with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. The nations that were mentioned in previous verses in Psalm 2 will be brought to their knees. They plotted against God and His Law. But they will bow down to His Son and declare Him Lord.
Christmas is coming. It is a time of celebration. We celebrate that Jesus came to live a perfect life and die for our sins. We celebrate our salvation and eternal life. But, we also recognize that Jesus came as the Son of God, the King of Kings. He will rule and reign for all eternity. He will bring all the evil of all mankind to an end and justice will be served.
Merry Christmas. Yes, it's a little early. But it's never too early to celebrate the King of Kings. He will put an end to the evil that we see now. Praise His name!
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