Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He sits on His throne in heaven. He has supreme authority over everyone and everything.
There are only two ways to relate to this King, King Jesus. There is no middle ground.
First, you can scoff at Him, you can ignore Him, defy His rule, refuse to worship Him as supreme. That’s what most of you have done. That is how the fool relates to the King. For no rebel can succeed against Him. Every scoffer will be crushed by Christ. Every defiant man and woman will be subjected to His rule under His eternal wrath.
Second, you can kiss Him. You can submit to Him, pledge your loyalty and fealty to Him and Him alone. You can bend the knee in worship and trustingly obey Him with your few remaining breaths. If you do, you will enjoy blessings upon blessings forever in Him.
That is the message of Psalm 2, which we will sing together shortly.
Verses 1-3 read:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
This is precisely how the rulers in Jerusalem responded to Jesus.
Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27For of a truth against Your holy child Jesus, whom You have anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28For to do whatsoever Your hand and Your counsel determined before to be done.
The chief priests, the scribes, the Pharisees, King Herod, Pontius Pilate and the Romans, they all stood against Christ. They mocked Him. They crucified Him.
And what is God’s assessment of their defiance?
4He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
God is not worried in the slightest. Even as they murdered Christ, God laughed at the enemies of Christ the King. He scoffed at the scoffers and mocked the mockers. For all efforts against Jesus are mere vanity. Did they not do and accomplish only that which God had determined to be done long ago?
In His dying, the King won His greatest victory. For His death secured the salvation of all His people. He conquered sin, Satan, even death itself. He went to the place of the dead and preached triumph to His foes. He broke the tomb and rose on the third day.
And verses 6-7 read:
6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7I will declare the decree: the LORD has said unto me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten You.
Every great sign done by Christ declared Him to be the Son of God the Father. But no sign can compare to the resurrection. In the resurrection from the grave, King Jesus was declared the Son of God in power.
Romans 1 reads,
“[This is] the gospel of God, 3concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead…”
King Jesus rose from the grave, declared the begotten of the Father. And He ascended to heaven, where He sat down on the throne at the right hand of God.
Daniel 7 reads,
“Behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. 14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
Having conquered His pathetic foes at the cross and sat upon the throne, the Father offers His Royal Son anything for which He would ask.
And Christ asks for it all. Every nation. Every man. Every bit of dirt and distant star. Christ the King claims it all.
That’s why verse 8 says,
8Ask of me, and I shall give You the heathen for Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Your possession.
He has won it all.
Now, there are some who still refuse to bow. After WWII ended, there was a Japanese soldier who did not surrender until the 1970s. His empire was gone. He foolishly fought on. There was no hope of victory for him.
Such is the case with all those who refuse to bow the knee to the King. Many they are, yet their defeat has already been established. Their knees will be bent by force.
As one pastor has said, “The nations who object to [Christ’s rule] trouble the decrees of God about as much as dogs barking at the moon trouble the moon.”
Verse 9 reads,
9You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
The rod of Christ’s Word, breaking and dashing all foes.
And, so, what ought to be done? What must be done in light of this truth of Christ on His throne?
Be wise, or else. Be wise. Take Christ as your King. All of Christ for all of life. Submit to His rule. Love Him. Serve Him.
Or else be taken by Him as fuel for His eternal fires.
10Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.