Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Christocentric Word - Psalm 2

As I came across Psalm 2 in my daily reading, it was clear that it was certainly Christocentric.

Firstly, verse 2, presents a picture of the hostility Jesus and His followers have faced, still face and will face.
'The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One'
The significance of God in our lives is slowly deteriorating due to laws, practices and values evolving in our society. Our lives are constantly bombarded with pressure from a silent, but deadly authority, the media; the media encourages a distorted portrayal of God(Jesus) and Christianity . Moreover, Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.

Next, we see that the trinity image is reinforced  by verse 7'..."You are my Son; today I have become Your Father...."' This reminded me of the previously examined 2 Samuel 7. Although Jesus is God-incarnate we refer to Him as the Son of God, and this section clearly emphasises this.

But the Psalmist doesn't stop there, we see in verses 8 and 9, the power this Son possess. His power, magnificence and might is astounding. Especially in verse 9:'You will rule them with an iron sceptre; You will dash them to pieces like pottery.' We see Jesus' might beautifully portrayed by the vivid imagery in the above verse. It also harmoniously connects to the description John gives in Revelation 12 of the 'Male Child' (Jesus). This not only shows us that scripture is very Christocentric in its nature as every bit is connected to Jesus, it also shows us the reality it posses; the harmony and continuity in scripture in mind-blowing and beautiful. We are reminded of the fact that 'The earth is the Lord's...' and that we will rule it in glory and splendor soon eradicating all sinfulness from it.

Finally from verses 10 to 12, the truth of the Gospel is subtly outlined. The Psalmist focuses on God's love, mercy, grace and kindness to those who choose to follow Him. This is certainly the core message of the Gospel that was unveiled in John 3:16: 'For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.' But like all promises, the promise of God's love is stationed on a condition - we've got believe and follow Him. The Psalmist firmly anchors his words and depiction exactly on this truth as he goes on to outline the judgment on those who choose not to follow. All our actions and choices have consequences, so does the choice of not following the Lord Jesus Christ and accepting His sacrifice on the cross - sadly, the result of this choice is death and an eternity spent in Hell and complete isolation from our Savior and Creator.

The Christocentric mysteries found throughout scripture are not only interesting but accentuate the need to repent and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Without Jesus there is no life or hope for us to reunite with Him, the Bible clearly says and we all know that 'we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord.'  and Jesus Himself said, 'I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except, through me' - Salvation is vital and that can't be stressed enough. There are still a lot of Christocentric mysteries for us to fathom but as we try to, let us not forget the most important message they combine to emphasize - Salvation, that can only be found in Christ.

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