Advent 2021; The Savior in the Psalms: Psalm 102.

25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hand 26 They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, 27 but you are the same, and your years have no end.” (Psalm 102:25–27 (ESV)

Psalm 102 addresses the eternality of the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead. Along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, the Son is identified in Scripture as the self-existent Creator of all things.

The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews quotes from today’s text in Hebrews 1:10-12. One author comments, “Invoking the authority of the Old Testament once again, the author quotes from Psalm 102 in which the Psalmist cries out to the Lord in anguish. At the end of the Psalm, the Psalmist calls upon the Lord as the one who laid the foundation for the heavens and earth, acknowledging Him to be the only one who is able to answer his plea for help. His supplication is made to the unchangeable Lord of all creation, and it is this description that the author of Hebrews directs to Jesus Christ.”

Two other New Testament passages which parallel Psalm 102, and Hebrews 1:10-12, are John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20. Both speak of the majesty and eternality of Christ. Both herald His part in the creation of the universe.

Dr. R. C. Sproul writes, “There is a stark contrast between Christ and that which will pass away. The heavens and earth “will perish” the author of Hebrews writes; the Lord will “roll them up” like a robe, and they will be changed. Christ, on the other hand, “will remain”; for He is “the same,” and His years will “have no end.” On this point,

The great Puritan theologian John Owen writes, “One thing is meant…by these expressions — Christ’s eternal and absolute immutable existence.To emphasize God’s eternal nature in contrast with the world’s frailty and all of its creation, it is said that his years will never end. The world comes to an end but there is no end to Christ’s existence.”

Charles Wesley, along with George Whitefield, must have the eternality of Jesus Christ in mind when they collaborated on the following classic Christmas carol.

 1. Hark! The Herald Angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise.
Join the triumph of the skies.
With the’ Angelic Hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
    Hark! The herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new-born King.”

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting lord
Late in time behold Him come,
Off-spring of aVirgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail, the incarnate deity
Pleased as Man with men to dwell,Jesus, our Emmanuel.
    Hark! The herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace, Hail, the Sun of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His Wings.
Now He lays His Glory by,
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
    Hark! The herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

4. Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born king;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
    Hark! The herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

5. Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.
    Hark! The herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the New-born king!”

Soli deo Gloria!

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