Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Jesus, Our King

 

“The Lord says to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.’ The Lord sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes. Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew, your youth will come to you. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'” (Psalm 110:1-4)

This psalm is messianic. James Limburg says it is the most quoted Old Testament text in the New Testament. This is a psalm that has its origins in the Old Testament, but does not see its fulfillment until the New Testament. This psalm meant different things to the Jewish people it was written to than it does to Christians today. It is a royal psalm. It is a psalm that was used when Israel installed their earthly kings. It is a psalm about a mysterious, but earthly priest. The kings and priests Israel knew were flawed and imperfect. They wanted to hope in them, but more often than not they disappointed.

We view this psalm through a different lens. We no longer have to hope in flawed kings and priests. We no longer have to trust in imperfect individuals. In a heated election year I sometimes wonder if we grasp the announcement being made in Psalm 110. Jesus has ascended. He sits at the right hand of the Father. He is our High Priest. He is ruler of all. He is our King!

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