“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 2:12 [ESV]
Psalm two is a passage in the Book of Psalms that speaks about the rebellion of men and our kingdoms and God’s establishment of his Son, whom we know to be Jesus, as the king over all. This last verse from this Psalm is one I doubt we hear preached very often from today’s pulpits. As a young preacher myself, I know I rarely think about this kind of passage for my sermon topics either. However, as I read this Psalm this morning, God brought this verse to my attention.
Why? I have a feeling that it is due to the fact that our churches today often neglect that Christ’s coming kingdom will wage war with and put an end to sin and sinners. This verse does remind us that we who are Christians are safe in his refuge, but what about those who are not? They are still due to be subjects of God’s wrath and judgment. This judgment we know to be an enternity separated from God, a place we cannot fathom because our lives are so much covered by God’s love.
When Christ unleashes his wrath, those who are lost will no longer feel the presence of comfort or love from a God who wants to know them. They will no longer know provision for each day. The lost will be without hope for tomorrow or joy for today. Those who have refused to accept Christ will face a wraith that is beyond any turmoil we have can imagine.
What does this mean for we who beleive? I think there are at least two ideas we need to grasp from this passage and then live with in the front of our minds each day. First, Jesus will show his just wrath to those who deny him, so we need to live in praise for His salvation! The other thought is that we who are His subjects, are the voices responsible for making the lost aware of the wrath they are due until they turn to Christ for forgiveness.
Yes, Christ is a King that we should all fear. Praise God that this King is also ready to accept all who will turn to him with compassion and forgiveness. What a King!
Written by Timothy Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today.