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.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV
These words, so often quoted at Christmas time, don’t simply speak of a helpless baby in Bethlehem. They refer to who that Son has grown to be, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Isaiah looked forward to the day the government would be upon His shoulder.
Isaiah looked to the fulfilment of this verse. Many Christians still do. But I believe it is already being fulfilled. Do we not believe that God is sovereign over the world today? Or does He only assert His sovereignty when He returns?
I believe that though the nations rage and the peoples conspire against God, that He’s still on the throne, and that the government is upon His shoulder. Nothing in this world happens without His say so. He’s a wonderful counsellor to those who put their trust in Him.
He’s the mighty God, whether people acknowledge Him or not. He’s the Everlasting Father of all who trust in Him to adopt them into His family. He is the Prince of Peace, and we do look forward to a time when the prince of this world is cast out once and for all and Christ truly is established, and recognised, as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
“Everlasting Father, how we praise You for adopting us into Your family. Please establish Your government in our hearts and in this world, for the honour of Your name, amen”