The duties of the risen Messiah are foretold in Psalm 2:7-9. I chose the Amplified version to give us some additional help in understanding these words included in the Messiah.
“I will declare the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son;
This day [I proclaim] I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give [You] the nations as Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall shatter them [in pieces] like earthenware.’”
Paul quotes verse 7 in his impassioned preaching to the Jews in Antioch recorded in Acts 13:32-33. He was describing Jesus as the awaited and prophesied Messiah. “And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’” God claims Jesus as Son and establishes His right to rule over all the earth. The author of Hebrews also includes verse 7 when referring to Christ’s God given superiority over all angelic beings. He rightly includes all beings in heaven and earth will worship the Son. Hebrews 1:5-6 “For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? 6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
What do these prophecies mean to us? Our Savior and Lord is God’s Son and will rule over all creation both in heaven and on earth. This is not wishful thinking by God but presented as fact that His Son will rule as King. God gives each of us to His Son as a precious possession. Ephesians 1:14 refers to all believers as belonging to Christ and being sealed by His Holy Spirit. “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Peter also refers to believers as being a special possession of Christ’s in 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Peter reminds us we are called to proclaim Jesus as we have seen His light and were called out of unbelief.
Let us praise our risen King and all He accomplished on our behalf as we consider the babe in the manger. I love the description of Jesus in Hebrews 1:3 “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” Thank you Jesus.