…Forever… (Matt 6:13)
So I have been pondering this verse since I dug it out for yesterday’s post. Here are two verses together to get us some context. Many would be pretty familiar with Verse 6.
6 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.
7 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. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NASB – emphasis mine)
One of the biggest mistakes the average Pharisee made in Jesus day was in confusing scriptures of the 1st and 2nd coming of Christ. They had been given the job of holding the truth of scripture and pointing to the Messiah. But they (most of them) blew it during His earthly ministry. Not a mistake I want to repeat!
So I am looking at time frame in these 2 verses.
I am pretty sure the “child will be born” portion is pointing at the birth of Christ. What I am trying to get my arms around is verse 7. Do we write this off to the millennium? –or- Do we pull it forward?
Clearly He is not physically reigning on the throne of David right now, nor has He. That must be some future time.
But the phrase I want to press in on today is “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace.” And I want to tell you today, that this is intended to be true in your heart. From the day He is “born” in you, the day you surrender the throne of your heart to Jesus, His reign begins to take hold of you. From that day forward, the normal Christian life should see more and more of Christ reign and dominion in every area of their world.
As you turn over more and more of your life, rather than feeling like a slave, what actually happens is that peace increases. He is the Prince of Peace, and so wherever He reigns, peace reigns.
Peace is the thermometer of surrender. Where turmoil reigns you’re in charge. Where peace reigns He is. [click to tweet] Life turmoil is pointing you to Christ.
Is there some area in your life that you need to turn over to Him today? This is your path to peace. As the reign of Christ increases, so does peace.
Can you share a way in which peace has increased in your life, as you turned areas in your life over to Christ?