How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 41 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #256)
TEXT: Psalm 110
1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
Melvin Worthington said, “The Second Coming of Christ is a comforting hope, a cleansing hope, a compelling hope, and a certain hope.“
Dr. A. J. Gordon of Boston used to tell how, once, when he was about to make a preaching tour his two little girls asked him the day of his return, desiring to meet him at the train. He told them that he would return the next week, on a certain train, on either Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday or Friday. When the stated Tuesday arrived the children dressed in their best Sunday white and went down to meet their father. But Dr. Gordon did not arrive. Wednesday and Thursday was just as disappointing to the children. Friday came, and, as the girls, clothed with the same white dresses, knew that papa must come, their hearts were filled with joy. After the happy greeting was over, Dr. Gordon said his wife remarked: “The next time you leave the city, tell the children that you will come home Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday or Friday — it was never so easy to keep the children’s dresses white.” And what manner of persons ought we to be, seeing that we are looking for Christ’s return? Certainly we should give ourselves over to holy behavior and to Godliness.
In our last message in this series, we looked at how this passage shows us that. Jesus is the ruler of the earth.
Second, Jesus is our eternal priest. Psalm 110:4 reads, “The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” The Bible tells us that God has sworn this statement and will not go back on it. Melchizedek appears in 3 verses in Genesis 14, to bless Abraham on God’s behalf after Abraham fought the tribes who took captive his brother’s people. Steven J. Cole wrote, “Melchizedek is mentioned only in Genesis 14:18-20, here in Psalm 110:4, and in Hebrews. His name in Hebrew means “king of righteousness.” He was the king of Salem. In Genesis, he seems to come out of nowhere, he refreshes Abraham with bread and wine after Abraham returns from battle, he blesses him, and receives a tithe of Abraham’s spoils. He is called a priest of God Most High. A priest acts as a mediator between God and man. Melchizedek stood between God and Abraham to confer God’s blessing on Abraham, and to receive the tithes from Abraham to present to God. Hebrews 7 explains that Melchizedek served as a type of Christ. The author to the Hebrews was writing to second-generation Jewish Christians who were facing persecution and were tempted to give up on Christianity and go back to Judaism. The author wants to convince them of the superiority of Jesus Christ over the Jewish system. To summarize Hebrews 7, he brings in Melchizedek to show that Christ, as a priest after the order of Melchizedek, is superior to the Levitical priesthood. He is superior in that, unlike Jewish kings who couldn’t act as priests and priests who couldn’t be king, Jesus is both priest and king. Jesus is superior because He is an eternal priest who offers a better covenant through which we may draw near to God. Jesus is superior in that He didn’t need to offer daily sacrifices for His own sin before He offered sacrifices for the people, as the Levitical priests did. The bottom line is, Jesus “is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them”. The author to the Hebrews and David are saying that Messiah Jesus is not just a human priest. He is God in human flesh, the only way that sinful people can draw near to God. To think correctly about Christ, you must understand that He is a divine, eternal priest between God and man after the order of Melchizedek.” Just as Melchizedek was a mediator between God and Abraham, just as the Hebrew priests were mediators between the Jews and God, Jesus is a mediator between us and God. He offers Himself as the sacrifice and blesses us on God’s behalf. Have you accepted the mediating work of Jesus so that you can be saved from hell?
Third, Jesus is the judge of the world. Psalm 110:5-7 said, “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.” This last few verses refers to the judgment that Jesus will bring to bear against the nations of the earth upon His return as described in Revelation 19. David Guzik said, “The favor and strength of the Messiah (Your right hand) is aligned with, and an instrument of, the strength of God (the Lord). The second part of the psalm carries the King into the battlefield. He comes forth from the throne, where He sat at Jehovah’s right hand, and now Jehovah stands at His right hand. Now the Lord and his King act as one, and the army of volunteers which was seen in verse 3 is no longer in the picture. The battle is the Lord’s, yet he and his King are so united. With the authority mentioned in verse 2, the strength of the Messiah extends out of Zion and brings the righteous judgment of God against even the greatest kings. In His conquest, the Messiah will exercise His authority over all nations, bringing His judgment. He shall fill the places with dead bodies seems to anticipate the slaughter at the Battle of Armageddon. The choice for every man is being crushed beneath His foot, or being exalted to sit with Him on His throne. ‘He that overcometh, to him will I give to sit down with Me on My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father on His throne.’ It is better to sit on His throne than to be His footstool.” While the rebellious nations of the world receive their judgment, the Messiah Himself is refreshed and exalted. Curiously, many commentators take ‘He shall drink’ as a reference to the Messiah’s humiliation. It is better to see it as His refreshment on the day of battle. “Psalm 110:7 is usually taken as depicting the King as pausing in His victorious pursuit of the flying foe to drink, like Gideon’s men, from the brook, and then with renewed vigour pressing on.” He shall lift up the head means that he shall be delivered from all his sorrows and sufferings, and exalted to great glory, and joy, and felicity; as, on the contrary, to hang down the head, is a signification of great grief and shame. His own head shall be lifted high in victory, and his people, in him, shall be upraised also.” These verses use the imagery of a warrior-king pursuing and slaying his enemies to show the Messiah conquering the earth at His second coming, We need to understand that God is coming one day in the future to declare judgment against the earth. You need to make sure that you are prepared. If you are a Christian, you need to make sure that you are living the way God wants you to so that you will be seen as a faithful servant when He returns. If you are not a Christian, you need to be saved so that your name will be in the book of life and you will no longer be in danger of hell.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.