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The Government Will Rest on His Shoulders

December 14, 2019


The Government Will Rest on His Shoulders

Around 740 years  before Jesus was born,  the prophet Isaiah  told about Him.      Because  all the things Isaiah said  came true in Jesus,  it is evidence  of God’s power  to keep His word.      Some of Isaiah’s prophecies  were about Jesus’ birth,  so as we approach Christmas,  it is good to remember  what was written  in Isaiah 9:6-7,

For a child  will be born to us,  a son  will be given  to us;
And the government  will rest  on His shoulders;
And His name  will be called  Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God,  Eternal Father,  Prince of Peace.
There will be no end  to the increase  of His government  or of peace,
On the throne  of David  and over his kingdom,
To establish it  and to uphold it  with justice  and righteousness
From then on  and forevermore.
The zeal  of the LORD of hosts  will accomplish this.

Then  in Matthew, chapters 1 and 2,  we read about Jesus’ birth  and the magi  who came looking for  He who has been born King of the Jews.      These magi  came from some country  in the east,  but they were certain  that a particular star  was indicating the birth  of the King  who was to be worshiped.      The prophecy  in Micah 5:2,  which was written somewhere between 742-687 B.C.,  said where  the Savior was to be born.

And you,  Bethlehem,  land of Judah,
Are by no means  least among the leaders  of Judah;
For out of you  shall come  forth  a Ruler,
Who will shepherd  My people Israel.

And then,  in Revelation 19:16  we read  that Jesus’ name  is  King of kings and LORD of lords.      When Isaiah said,  The government will rest on His shoulders,  he indicated  that all dominion  and all rule  belong to Jesus  through all eternity.      There is no end  to Jesus’ rule  over all things  because He is God.

So,  what are we going to do  about it?      Do we want to fight it  like wicked King Herod  and the Jewish religious leaders,  who crucified Jesus?

Or  are we rejoicing  to see  that Jesus is our  Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God,  Eternal Father,  Prince of Peace?      Can we be glad  because there will be  no end  to His government  of peace?      Can we find relief  because His kingdom  is one of justice  and righteousness  forevermore?

God Almighty,  our Creator and Redeemer,  has accomplished  all these things  so that we  can be forgiven  of all our sins  through faith  in Jesus,  and have the peace  of never having to deal with  the pains  of sin  ever again.      That is love.      Oh how we need that love!      Let us not refuse it.

Worshiping our King,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord Jesus,  thank You so much  for patiently loving us,  even though  we wander  like lost sheep.      Keep us in   Your fold,  that we may enjoy  the peace  of having You  as our Shepherd.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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