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How Does the World Oppose Jesus?
Yesterday, we were focused on the fact that the various factions and forces in the world are united by something: opposition to Jesus. This is what Psalm 2 says:
Endow King Jesus with your justice, O God,
your royal Son with your righteousness.
Let Jesus judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
let him crush the oppressor.
O Father, let Jesus rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Let the desert tribes bow before him
and his spiritual enemies lick the dust.
May the royalty, prime ministers and presidents
of distant shores
bring tribute to him;
May the governments of Europe, Africa
the governments of North and South America
present Jesus with gifts.
May every government on earth bow down to him
and all nations serve Jesus.
For Jesus will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
He takes pity on the weak and the needy
and saves the needy from death.
Let him rescue them from oppression and
for precious is their blood in his sight.
Long may Jesus live!
May the name of Jesus endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.
All nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.
Who will not fear him, O Lord,
and bring glory to his name?
For he alone is holy.
All nations will come and worship before him,
for his righteous acts have been revealed.
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of the Church,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.