Advent Prophecies - The Government Upon His Shoulder
Looking at some of the Old Testament prophecies pointing to the coming of Jesus gives credence to the power of the Gospel. As we watch the revelation of Jesus’ first coming, we should pause and ready ourselves even more for his second coming. Isaiah 9:6 says, “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.” Here the prophet Isaiah indicates that a baby king would be born. Many were expecting a powerful earthly, military ruler to come on the scene, but Isaiah knew otherwise. God would usher in the power of his kingdom through the purity of a little baby. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy as he stood before Pilate with the message that Pilate had no power unless it was given to him from above, by Jesus himself. This statement reflected a powerful leader who knew the government was on his shoulders. But Jesus embodied so much more than power. His lifestyle reflected the culture of heaven. Wonder. Wisdom. Might. Unconditional love. Family. Eternity. Peace. He lived with a mindset that was not of this world. If you are worried about the state of our world, take heart. This prophecy reminds us that all governments rest upon Jesus’ shoulders. Nothing can change that. Not a one world government. Not a Great Reset. No agendas. Nothing! Jesus’ kingdom is forever. It is a kingdom of true liberty and true justice. Of mercy and grace. Of truth and clarity. Of power and might. All governments will one day answer to him. One day we all will see and experience it. We should find tremendous peace knowing that Jesus reigns above it all!