Isaiah 9 prophesies Jesus’s birth and reign: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulders, 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.” Combatted daily with turmoil, threats, and aggression, as world leaders connive and compare, make alliances and break treaties, act from distinct motivations fueled by distinct beliefs, experiences, forms of government, and pride, all can seem tenuous and uncertain. Instability, “breaking news,” fluctuating markets, ruthless persecution shake our confidence and sense of security.
But our Mighty God, our Prince of Peace, reigns! Our King is wonderful, upright, everlasting, and able! His throne is unshakeable. His rule is peace, and as a child of His kingdom, I have peace. While we live in this world, we are citizens of another kingdom, whose “throne is established and upheld with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.”
“Christ’s reign from all eternity is the perspective from which all history is to be viewed.” Alistair Begg
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. The LORD , the Most High, is a great king over all the earth. God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” Psalm 46:10; 47:2,8
Hail, my King!
“So be it, Lord; Thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
Thy kingdom stands, and grows forever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.” John Ellerton (1870)