"YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS."Hebrews 1:9(NASB)
Christ is the gift of life and the message of salvation to a lost and dying world. He is the image of the invisible God. He is the eternal Word clothed in human flesh for He is the incarnate Word of God - full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father in undiminished Deity, and in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Jesus Christ is the mysterious union of Deity with humanity, which we accept by grace through faith in Him.
His triumph at the Cross will be openly displayed in the annals of history at His Second Coming when He breaks victoriously through the clouds to the rapturous welcome of His people, Israel, as they cry out their ecstatic and prophetic greeting: "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord."
His description is beautifully inscribed in the 45th Psalm where, as our Kinsman-Redeemer, we read of the Lord Jesus Christ: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The sceptre of Your kingdom is a sceptre of uprightness. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy more than Your companions."
The millennial rule of Christ on earth will be the full, final, and glorious fulfilment of this ancient truth when, as King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ Jesus will rule and reign in irreproachable justice for He loves righteousness unfailingly and hates wickedness with a godly hatred, and did only those things that He heard from His Father in heaven.
And because of His goodness and grace which delighted in righteousness and eschewed evil, God anointed Him with the oil of gladness beyond His companions. And as members of His Body who are in eternal union with Him, we will one day fully and finally enter into the joy of our Lord, when we see Him face to face.
It was for the joy that was set before Him, that our Saviour endured the Cross and despised its shame. Today He is sitting at the right hand of the throne of God in heavenly places. He is the Father's beloved Son, in Whom God is well pleased Who loves righteousness and hates wickedness, and Who is anointed with the oil of gladness as heir of all things.
Heavenly Father, thank You that the Lord Jesus is Your full and final message to mankind. Thank You that He is more than a messenger from God, but God incarnate Who brought salvation to a lost and dying world. Thank You that the joy of the Lord is my strength and that one day I will enter into the fullness of His joy. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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