For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)The prophetic words of Isaiah are big picture, messianic words of a future kingdom that will be ruled by the Son given by God the Father. The picture revealed in this verse and verse 7 is of a supernatural kingdom governed in peace and justice. In this dispensation, the First Advent, we have the Son and we call him Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. After his return, the Second Advent, the prophecy will fully manifest, and we will experience fully the government of the global messianic Kingdom that is everlasting and forever!
We usually recall this scripture during the Christmas celebration of his birth as a son given, rather than the messianic ruler of an everlasting kingdom. We tend to see this prophetic scripture only through the First Advent. However, within the realm of every believer is the ability to embrace and experience both the Son given and the everlasting Ruler with peace and justice. How? Ephesians 2:6 (NIV) says, "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." We are with Him and he is with us! Praise His Name! We don’t have to wait until the Second Advent to personally experience the manifestation of His government! Ephesians 1:3 (NIV) says, ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ’. The power of his government for us now is available through our faith and trust in Him alone. Every personal dimension of His kingdom government can be embraced TODAY! His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness (2 Peter1:3 HCSB).
During this season of celebrating Him as ‘son given’ let us also celebrate more fully by placing our personal government on His shoulders. But…how! There is a deep level of yielding to His governing authority that precedes Him carrying it for you. It must be willful and purposeful to be powerful and real. Remember…Jesus carried the cross before He carried government! Then, and only then, can He be the Ruler. He will carry the government of our body, soul and spirit thereby bringing the reality of His government to us TODAY!! Then the arrival of the Second Advent will be seamless…Praise the Lord!
Celebrate His birth this year from a different perspective; the perspective of Him as your personal Ruler, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace…now!
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