“Kiss the Son”

Kiss the Son

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
    (Luke 7:36-50)

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.

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