A thousand years before Jesus walked the earth, God’s people had Psalm 2.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
__ Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
__ Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psa 2:10-12)
Even kings and rulers of the earth were told to pay homage—show fidelity, loyalty, submission, and respect—to “the Son.” Consider the directive of Psalm 2 in light of people who actually came in physical contact with Jesus, the Son of God.
“Kiss the Son”
- The Jewish lawyers, scholars, teachers, and priests had ample opportunity
(Luke 2:46-50; 3:8-9; 5:27-32; 6:5; 11:14-20; 19:9-10, 38-40; 22:1-2, 63-71)
- Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea, had the opportunity
(Luke 23:1-4, 13-24)
- Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee, had the opportunity
(Luke 3:18-20; 8:1-3; 9:7-9; 23:6-12)
- Judas Iscariot did kiss the Son, in order to betray him
(Luke 22:1-6, 47-53)
- A nameless woman—known to be a sinner—kissed him, and her faith saved her
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
__ righteousness and peace kiss each other. (Psa 85:10)
Nowhere do we see the fulfillment of those beautiful words more clearly than in Jesus Christ. “His footsteps” have made “a way” available to us all (Psa 85:13).
“Kiss the Son.” So many have had the opportunity; now you have the same.
This sermon was delivered on June 12, 2016.