The Government is Upon His Shoulder

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this." ~ Isaiah 9:6-7

Inspired by God, Isaiah wrote these words several hundred years before Jesus was born. Most Christians will quickly recognize the fact that these verses demonstrate that Jesus is the Son of God. Praise God, this is true! But what we may gloss over is the fact that Jesus is the one who carries the burdens of the world. The main idea here is that He is responsible for governing the entire world. His kingdom is constantly increasing and it has no end. His kingdom has been established with justice and righteousness forever.

We must obey Jesus

We know that Government was established by God for our good (Romans 13:4). Though as we are currently witnessing here in the U.S. and around the globe, the government does not always obey God. This should serve as a reminder to us that the government was never meant to carry all of the burdens of this world. Only Jesus Christ can carry the burdens of the world. Since we know this to be true, we must live like it and obey Him.

The phrase Jesus is king should not be some terse slogan that we half-heartedly reflect on, as if His kingdom is distant from us. Jesus said He's been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). If we believe this to be true, then why do we act like we need other people to tell us how to live? Why do we believe the government, the media, and Hollywood before we even think about obeying Jesus? This is not to say that we shouldn't normally submit to our governing authorities, but we must recognize the importance of submitting to Christ first and above all others (Acts 5:29).

Let His kingdom come and His will be done on earth

The phrase let your kingdom come and your will be done does refer to the second coming of Christ, and also to the present time we are in. In anticipation of His return, we ought to be fighting for His kingdom. We are extremely passionate about His will being done in heaven, but we don't seem to be convinced about His will being done on earth. Maybe we have ourselves to blame for this? We were not called to passively and apathetically wait for Him. We have work to do! The Word of God is living and active. And so we should also be living and active!

Let this Christmas be a reminder to us that Jesus is not just a personal king to each of us individually. He is king over our cities, our states, and our country. He is the king of the world. He is our ultimate authority. There is no king above Jesus. We must believe and trust that everything is dependent upon God, yet simultaneously work (without worry or fear) as though it were dependent upon us. The government is upon His shoulder! Let's start living like it!

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