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Glad tidings of great joy

…but to the Son:

Your throne, God,

is forever and ever,

and the scepter of your kingdom

is a scepter of justice.

You have loved righteousness

and hated lawlessness;

this is why God, your God,

has anointed you

with the oil of joy

beyond your companions. Hebrews 1:8-9 CSB

The Lord Jesus Christ is the expression of God’s radiance glory. This is what the author of Hebrews continues to describe as to the divine nature of the Son of God. From the text, the author continues to emphasize that Jesus is a supreme being over the angels, omnipotent and deserving of worship and praise. These two verses here are quoted from Psalm 45:6-7, word for word. Here, the Messiah’s role is to rule in justice and righteousness. This psalm originally was used to celebrate a royal wedding. Yet, it is also a Messianic psalm, speaking about Jesus and His qualities. Jesus is a ruler and has a throne, “Your throne, God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.” Of much importance in the description is the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is why His Kingdom and His reign will never be destroyed and will never be shaken. The same cannot be said about the angels, who are worshipping Jesus on the throne in Revelation 4:8-11. Jesus’ reign is forever. He upholds justice and loves righteousness: these are His nature. Those who claim to belong in His Kingdom because of their personal relationship with Christ are also called to live in righteousness and should hate wickedness. We read about this in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Righteousness is the foundation of God’s Kingdom and those who follow Him and are under His rule should seek His righteousness (see Matthew 6:33). Because of these things, the Father has “anointed” Him with the “oil of joy,” elevating Jesus “beyond your companions.” We can see the Father speaking about the Son in Matthew 3:17 after Jesus’ baptism, “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.” We also share in the joy of our Lord Jesus Christ because we have responded and share in His heavenly calling. Indeed, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ brings to us glad tidings of joy for His birth in our hearts had freed us from the bondage of sin and we are now living in His righteousness. “The Spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor… to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the Lord to glorify him” (Isaiah 61:1, 3).


Isaac De Guzman


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