“I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have begotten you.’” vs. 7
During the days when Israel had a strong monarchy, the king was thought of as the anointed one of God; he was the messiah, and at his coronation he was reminded that he was the son of God from that day forward. Later on, when Jesus arrived at the Jordan and was baptized by John, the gospels report that he heard a voice from heaven saying, “You are my son, my beloved.” It wasn’t long after that his disciples began to think of him as the messiah, the anointed one of God. But Jesus wasn’t anything like one of those ancient kings who continually plotted the destruction of other nations. He never threatened to “break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Jesus had a different plan for the nations, one that revolved around reconciliation, peace, and restoration. He had no interest in world domination, a notion that has plagued empires from the beginning, and that has continued into the present century. Under King Jesus the broken and misfits of the world find healing and are drawn together into communities of love and mercy. And it’s working! Bit by bit differences are being set aside and the Spirit of God is bringing the world together. One day there will be harmony among the peoples of the world, and the spirit of destruction will be no more.
Thought for the Day: What are signs that the world is coming together?