“The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers join together against the Lord and against His Anointed One,” says Psalm 2 (EHV).

So it stands in the sacred Lenten history of the four Gospels.  The Sanhedrin, the supreme court of the Jewish nation, and the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, and the piggish puppet-king Herod – they all gang up on the Lord and His Anointed, His Messiah, His Christ.

Normally, these guys can’t agree on the color of snow.  The Sadducees and the Pharisees who make up the Sanhedrin are bitter foes.  They in turn hold the Roman governor in contempt – while Pilate thinks of them as a really big pain in the political posterior.  Meanwhile, Pilate and Herod each think the other would look better with a knife in his back. These guys all despise each other. But in the end, they all conspire together against the Lord and His Anointed One, His Messiah, His Son, Jesus Christ.  “Let us tear off their chains,” they cry, and “throw off their ropes from us.” They all “join together” in agreeing that Jesus must die.

People think to break God’s so-called chains when they defiantly adopt lifestyles forbidden by God’s word.  Leaders of the church think to throw off God’s ropes when they refuse to subject their teachings to the clear Word of God.  The self-righteous do-gooder tries to break God’s chains when he thinks he does not need a Savior – that he is good enough in his own right.  And the reckless party animal thinks to throw off God’s fetters when he lives as though God will never call him to account for this rebellion.

But “the One who is seated in heaven laughs,” says the psalmist.  “The Lord scoffs at them. Then He speaks to them in His anger and in His wrath He terrifies them.  ‘I have installed My King on Zion, My holy mountain.’ ”

The kings and rulers crucified the King of the hill. Our sins nailed Him to the cross too.  His love for sinners held Him there. But the grave could not hold Him. Now what? “Kiss the Son, or he will be angry,” says the psalmist, speaking of Christ 1,000 years before He was born at Bethlehem.  “Blessed are all you who take refuge in Him.” Let us join our King on top of the hill!