Sunday, April 24, 2022

Packer: the expectations of Jesus

Sunday, April 24, 2022
    Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
    The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
    —Psalm 110:1 (NIV)
    Not that Jesus’s concept of Messiahship corresponded to Jewish expectations. His notion reflected his view of God’s eschatological kingdom, which he preached as a reality brought into being by his own ministry. He saw the kingdom as a new relationship between penitent sinners and God as their heavenly Father, a relationship achieved through commitment to himself as their sovereign Saviour; and he saw his lordship as based on his call to be God’s suffering servant, the innocent one who, having died for the others’ sins, is then vindicated by being restored to life.
    ... James I. Packer (1926-2020), “Jesus Christ the Lord”, in The Lord Christ [1980], John Stott, ed., vol. 1 of Obeying Christ in a Changing World, John Stott, gen. ed., 3 vol., London: Fountain, 1977, p. 41 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 110:1; Isa. 53; Luke 8:1-2; John 18:36; Rom. 14:17-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are King.
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