Submission to the Now and Future King :: by Andy Coticchio

“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?” ( Psalm 2:1).

The world rages continually against the thought of our coming King, who will rule with His rod of iron, but with justice and love. The world will never accept Christ as King until His Second Coming, at which time it will be too late for those who have not trusted in Him alone as Savior.

The world will never accept, but will never vanquish His Kingdomeither. For He rules in heaven now, and will one day rule upon the earth as well.

“He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision” (Psalm 2:4).

I find this verse to be both exhilarating and sad at the same time. Exhilarating, because no matter how bad I think things are going, the Lord in heaven looks upon His enemies on earth and…chuckles. Well, maybe more like a derisive snort, but I really do not think the Lord snorts.

It is a dismissive laugh, or maybe a benign one like a parent uses with a child that futilely tries to do something beyond their grasp, their understanding, their ability or power. For He is a God of love who would have none be lost. But He laughs in derision at those who angrily shake their fist at Him and defy Him openly with hearts growing harder by the day. Possibly hardened permanently as the Lord may have given them over to their lusts and sinful passions.

And that is where the sadness comes in. Their defiance is all so futile. Hopeless. A pointless waste of a life that could have been redeemed for eternity with a repentant turn to the Lord who loves and will welcome all that call out to Him and place their faith and trust in Him. Sad, because if you think of what might have been from the eternal perspective, it is a mercy and a blessing that the Lord will wipe away all tears in heaven (Revelation 21:4) and we will remember the bad things, the evil things no more.

“I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession’” (Psalm 2:7-8).

The Kingship of Jesus Christ is assured, certain and eternal. It is the eternal will of the Father and is His decree for all things for all time. What will be the possession of the Son given by the Father cannot be pried from the grasp of either, and they claspevery one of us in eternal security and peace, everlasting safety and unity with the Triune Godhead.

“Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:12).

A warning and a promise. A warning of judgment, just and true, unforgiving of disobedience but gracious of repentance and submission in obedience. A promise of blessings too encompassing and majestic for us to truly understand with our earthly intelligence but accepted and believed in our faith and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We know the blessing to come with full assurance although we cannot really explain it to those who do not have that same relationship with Jesus as we do.

It takes not much to receive the gift freely offered, nothing more than faith and trust. Blessed are we who have received it by the grace of God. Pray for those who have not, before it is too late forevery one of them. For always remember…

Jesus is coming soon!

Even So Come.

Andy Coticchio
Rafter Cross Ministries