"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." - Luke 1:32-33 NASB
When the angel Gabriel came to Mary to give her the good news that her life was about to be tossed into the tumbler, He included some details we don’t see in fulfilled as yet.
He tells her the Son she is to bear will be given the throne of His father David, and He will have an everlasting reign over the house of Jacob.
David’s line had lost the throne over 400 years before Christ was born. The house of Jacob had been dispersed across the known world. They had no common ruler. They were a scattered people.
When the Great Shepherd walked the streets of Galilee with a dozen followers he showed no kingly ambitions.
He made no move for political power.
He didn’t try to reestablish the throne of His father David.
He didn’t stir up the crowds that gathered to Him for a revolt.
He didn’t preach a political agenda.
So here’s the question. Is His reign a future reign. Is Gabriel prophesying of a second coming reign, where Jesus will come and rule and reign?
Or is Gabriel speaking of dominion of Christ in the hearts of the true Israel—the true people of God—the called according to His plan and purpose.
Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. - Galatians 3:7
John the Revelator grabs Gabriel’s words and applies them to His second coming. He paints a picture of the heavenly throne room where God’s most honored fall on their faces before Him.
Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, - Revelation 11:15-16
And so it shall be.
All that said—His reign did begin in Galilee with that band of uneducated fishermen whom He picked up along the edge of the Sea of Galilee. He began His eternal reign that day on the shore:
And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." - Matthew 4:19
They followed, and He reigned. He took His place on the throne of their hearts.
When tempted to go elsewhere, Peter famously replied:
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God." - John 6:68-69
There will be a day when every knee will bow to Him and honor Him as Lord of All, but today He reigns in those like Peter who answer His call, “Follow Me.”
Truly, even in this day of gross darkness, His rule—His government is increasing. As the dark grows darker, the light continues to shine.
He’s still inviting people to follow Him and become fishers of men (and women). He’s still setting those alight who will follow and sending them into the immense darkness of our day, to shine.
He’s walking the shores of your life today and calling you to leave your nets and follow Him. He wants to give you new nets—nets for catching men and women.
And so His reign does increase even today.
Will you forsake all and follow Him?
What would that look like in your life?
Thanks for coming by.
Think on these things.