The Testimony of the Psalms (XI)

Introduction

The book of Psalms has testified a lot about Jesus Christ, the Messiah. One of such testimonies is referring to Christ as the “one who comes in the name of the Lord”.  This piece of writing discusses this testimony in the face of the New Testament.

He that comes in the Name of the Lord

Many great men have come into the world and gone, but there is a particular one that came in the name of the Lord God. This is evidenced in the below text:

“Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar” (Psa 118:26-27).

The one who comes in the name of the Lord comes with His authority, and He is mandated from above. Jesus asserts that all power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth (Mat 28:18). This power is given to Him so that He might destroy the works of the devil ( 1Joh 3:8) and give eternal life to as many people as God would call (Joh 17:2). This is the man who comes in the name of the Lord. Those who know such a one referred to Him and addressed Him as such. When John the Baptist was in prison and heard of the works of Christ, he sent his disciples to enquire from the Messiah whether or not He is the one who should come or they look for another one (Mat 11:2-3).

Similarly, it is read that as the Christ sat on a colt entering Jerusalem, the whole multitude of His followers began rejoicing and praising God with a loud voice because of the mighty works they had witnessed. They cried, saying “, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest” (Mar 11:7-10, Luk 19:34-37).

Rejection of the One who comes in the name of the Lord is a rejection of God. Jesus affirms this in His words to His disciples, that “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me (Luk 10:16). In other words, it is not enough to believe in God to be saved. A person must accept Christ and express faith in Him to receive eternal life.

Conclusion

It is important to understand that Jesus Christ is the only person who has been accredited and sent by God to reveal His glory and salvation to mankind. If any person claims to have come in the name of the Lord, s/he should be rejected. Psalms, therefore, is prophetic when it states that He that comes in the name of the Lord has shown us light; the light to eternal life.

Prayer: May the Lord God lead mankind and all lost souls to the One who comes in the name of the Lord. May He bring us out of the darkness and into the light of His glory, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

The Testimony of the Psalms (X)

Introduction

The testimony of the Psalms about the Messiah is further discussed in this edition of our newsletter. Here, Jesus Christ as the rejected stone becoming the cornerstone is detailed.

The Rejected Stone

“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psa 118:22-24).

Psalms foresaw the rejection of Christ Jesus as recorded in the New Testament. It is written that His own people and nation did not receive Him (Joh 1:11). Not even His own brothers believed Him (Joh 7:5). However, in later times, some of His brothers became His Apostles (1Co 9:5, Gal 1:19).

Rejecting Jesus

It has been testified that when the morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor (Mat 27:1-2).

When the multitude came together, they were asked, which of the two, Jesus or Barabbas, is to be released?  The chief priest and the elders persuaded the multitude to say that Christ should be crucified and destroyed, but Barabbas should be set free. So they crucified Him and parted His garments (Mat 17: 17-35).

Jesus Christ, having been rejected and destroyed, was raised from the dead, and through that, He has been given a name that is higher and above all other names (Php 2:9-11). By the name of Jesus Christ, people receive their healing. Peter writes “that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole” (Acts 4:10-11). Peter adds that this Jesus is the stone which was set at naught by the builders but has now become the head of the cornerstone (Acts 4:11). It is through faith in His name that man receives forgiveness of sin and salvation (Acts 4:12).

Mark also cites Psalms and quizzes: “have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? (Mar 12:10-11). It is marvelous that a person who has been rejected and abandoned now becomes the savior of the world. It is only God who makes this happen.

If you think that you are alone and that all people seem to reject you, do not worry because it is not difficult for God to turn the circumstances of His children around overnight, and make them objects of praise. It is difficult with men but with God, all things are possible (Mat 19:26).

Conclusion

Jesus was not recognized as the Lord of Lords by His own people. He was rejected by those who should have received Him. But after His resurrection, He becomes the chief cornerstone, a stone which no one could avoid and still see God. He is the only person who connects humans to God. Psalms saw this and thus testified that the stone that the builders rejected has now become the chief cornerstone.

Prayer: May the good Lord turn your life from hopelessness and despair into a fountain of life and relevance, in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.