“The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1)
God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him may be saved. This was a radical concept in the day that Jesus lived, and it was one of the reasons why He was rejected and delivered unto the Romans for crucifixion.
The Jews at that time held tenaciously to the belief that “the Holy Land was the Lord’s, and the seed of Abraham His only people” (Spurgeon). But Jesus associated with the likes of a Samaritan woman, tax-collectors, and an assortment of other contaminated souls.
He even challenged the religious leaders pointedly when He said, “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, that there may be one fold and one Shepherd.” (John 10:16). He was talking about the distinction in their minds between Jew and Gentile, and He is letting them know that the Door will soon be open for all people to a whole new way of relating to God.
He came and died for all of us!
Appropriate then that the Psalm which celebrates His ascension back into Heaven opens with the single declaration of His victory on Earth – “The Earth if the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell in it!” Jesus holds the Bill of Sale stamped “paid in full.” He therefore is the rightful owner of the purchased possessions!
I belong to Jesus! He paid my debt and set me free! But there is more!!
When Christ rose from the dead He devastated the powers of Hell and Darkness. This was the ultimate “inside job.” God let His sinless Son become Sin that He might die and carry Sin to its rightful place – DEATH. And while entombed therein, a sudden burst of divine life surged back into His body and expelled every unholy thing out – and then launched Him upward out of the grave, bringing all of us with Him in the wake of His resurrection.
He was “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”(Romans 1:4). And now we can become the sons and daughters of God through faith in His name.
This one and only Risen Savior now stands as King of All, and says, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev 1:18).
Yes, Jesus is Lord. The Earth is His, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Thus we can walk in newness of life over the powers of Hell and Death as we listen to our Lord’s voice, and do as He says to do.