Theme: “Yes, I Am Coming Soon”
In these lessons we have a description of a royal wedding, but which goes beyond that to point to the Lord Jesus Christ as our Messiah and Bridegroom.
Scripture: Psalm 45:1-17
In verse 16 the pronouns “you” and “your” are masculine, which means that at this point the writer turns his attention back to the king, offering a kind of benediction or blessing on the marriage: “Your sons will take the place of your fathers” and “you will make them princes throughout the land.” If we think of this in terms of the Messiah, it must refer to the “many sons” who will be brought into glory as a result of his fruitful union (Heb. 2:10, 13). As for the poet himself, “I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever,” he says (v. 17).
This leads us to wonder: Are we doing as the psalmist did? Do we praise him who has purchased us to himself to be his bride? Are we working to see that the nations come to honor him as well?
Even more, are we waiting for his coming, as the bride of this psalm was? Jesus came a first time to join us to himself in a spiritual betrothal. He will come a second time to take us to himself forever. Are you ready for that coming? Are you looking forward to it? The Bible describes Christians as having “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath” (1 Thess. 1:9, 10). If you are you waiting for him, you will purify yourself in preparation for his coming (1 John 3:3). Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2, 3). Are you looking for that return? Revelation 1:7 says, “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him.” Then, at the very end of the same book, we read, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.” The church rightly replies, “Amen. Come Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). So let it be. Amen.
What does verse 16 mean as it relates to Jesus Christ?
Following on this theme of the many sons brought to glory, explain how the theological ideas of adoption and redemption are connected to the work of Christ for us.
Key Point: This leads us to wonder: Are we doing as the psalmist did? Do we praise him who has purchased us to himself to be his bride? Are we working to see that the nations come to honor him as well?
Application: Are you looking forward to Christ’s coming, and does your life reflect that anticipation?
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