The Lord shall send your mighty scepter out of Zion; rule in the midst of your enemies.
Zion is just another name for the city of Jerusalem. The Big Apple? New York City. Windy City? Chicago. Jerusalem? Zion.
So the rule of God, the power of God will be sent out, beginning in Jerusalem, and the king will rule over his enemies.
What happened in Jerusalem? Jesus is crucified, dies, and is resurrected in Jerusalem. Jesus ascends into the heavenly dimension in Jerusalem. From there, he rules all of creation. This has already begun.
There have always been people who oppose God’s ways. Yet, Jesus is still in charge. So, what does this mean practically?
The writer of the book of Hebrews in the Bible says it this way.
But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet.
There is that “right hand” and “footstool” again. Jesus is the priest who offers forgiveness once and for all on the cross to all who call upon his name. Jesus is the king who rules from the heavens. And this Priest/King is the warrior who fights using love, joy, peace and mercy as his weapons of choice.
What does this all mean? From the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus on, we realize there is slow, gradual progress of the influence of God in the world. This is hard to see in real time, in particular, because we tend to focus on what we fear, but God is infiltrating human history all along the way until all those who oppose God are subdued.
But, how does Jesus work in the world now? Behind the scenes to be sure. Through people of good will who don’t know him. And most often? Through you and me. The ones who love him and want to be like him.
What does it mean for you to become more like Jesus? Choose one Jesus-type thing and practice it the rest of the week.