Monday, December 2
1 The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” 2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
As I’ve gone through various parts of life, I have been critiqued by others…school work was graded, I receive “evaluations” at work, and, even as a spouse, parent or sibling/family member I can feel measured against some standard—perhaps how “wonderful” someone was and feel I need to meet or exceed the unstated and undefined expectations of others. I seek “validation”.
This trait was shown by the closest followers of Jesus when they were asking who would sit at the right side of Jesus in heaven and it is too easy for even the most well-meaning of Christians to seek power and validation as to how well they are “doing” against a myriad of times in this life that test—did we “win”? Occasionally, we begin to believe someone in our daily lives is necessary for our ongoing ability to endure/”win”. I sometimes wonder how someone survives a loss that is beyond my comprehension—how would I react if it were me? I wasted precious time while my parents were alive wondering how I would survive without them…how foolish!
These passages are meant to remind us of two very important concepts as they bridge the Old Testament prophecy and the New Testament fulfillment. These passages address the very complex concept that God & Jesus are the same and have both existed since the beginning, yet are Father and Son who existed separately during the time Jesus walked this earth.
In Psalms, God, (David’s Lord with a capital L) tells of the Messiah-to-be (David’s lord with a lower-case l) and promises that all enemies will be vanquished AND become footstools posing no danger to their Kingdom. In Hebrews, we are told Jesus is the reflection of God and an exact imprint who resumed his position of power after conquering sin for us.
I need to remember to let the Trinity be my only daily necessity…..though God has undoubtedly sent me many earthly beings in the form(s) of family members, pastors, and friends/chance acquaintances to assist along my journey through this life. Aside from Jesus, all humans are fallible and are only given to me for a period of time…..I want to take the time this Advent to appreciate those God has placed in my life for the value and strength they give me but remember that every thought and action should be measured not against a human measurement, but solely against the Will of God. I should not seek (or convey) the ability to become omnipotent to myself or others. I need to accept and retain the unending grace that is already secured, and spurn the pursuit of increasing power.
God, while we should savor the joy of time with family and other earthly relationships we value during this Season, help us to focus on the wonder of Your love and remember that we have already received a Gift that can never be surpassed. The young may be enchanted with their current version of the “perfect” Christmas and the old may dwell on memories of a day-gone-by; the reality is, the best is yet to be, for all earthly things will pass away and be like dust compared to Your promise. Even the reunion with those we have loved in this life (and now miss so deeply) is nothing compared to the fulfillment of your promises. As you said of Jesus following his baptism, may we hear you affirm we are your child in whom you are well pleased and thank you every moment we have. Amen.