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THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE UPON HIS SHOULDERS

Prophet Isaiah gave a prophesy about Christ's coming a hundred years before Israel was taken into Babylonian captivity. And today we are going to look at the prophesy from the revelational point of view.

Reference: Isaiah 9:6-7 English Standard Version (ESV) "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders...Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end..."


Today we are going to study the progression of Christ in this verse, as prophesied by Prophet Isaiah. By this I mean that there was a process and the process was the progressive life of Christ.


First process - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: In regard to the progression, we can notice the phrases "a child is born" and "a son is given". First a child is born unto us as "God with us". Second, unto us a son is given, which means, He got to a point where He grew in stature and in wisdom as a Son (Luke 2:52). When He grew to became a Son, He became a gift. He is given by God as a Son. This is why John 3:16 (NIV) says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." His Sonship is given as a gift to the world. From a child born to grown Son who is a gift given to us.


The Second process - and the government will be upon His shoulders: This very sentence was allegorically prophetic. Remember Isaiah was a major prophet in the old testament. So He was prophesying that the newly born baby who is now the world's precious gift as a Son, would carry the government upon His shoulders. In other words, He would do it as a Son who is given, not as a newly born child. Watch this: Isaiah was prophesying the Lord's next line of duty as a full grown Son - on His way to Calvary. The cross was symbolic of His government, which is not of this world. We were all on that cross, representing His government about to be crucified and raised again after the third day by the power of God. Romans 8:6 Noted, "Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him."


Jesus Christ bore the Cross on His shoulders on His way to His crucifixion. The Bible says, "Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha)...( John 19:17 NLT). This was on His way to Calvary or Golgotha being the site of the crucifixion outside Jerusalem. It was recorded the same in all four Gospels, and its a very popular knowledge when it comes to the message of the Cross.


We always trace the government and message of the glorious gospel of Christ back to the cross. That's where it all started. Spiritually, every born again Christian was there on the cross, including those who will come to Christ. That's the symbol of the government He carried on His shoulders. Gratefully, Ephesians 2:6 (NIV) says, "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." We were all raised to a newness of life after the crucifixion.


Paul also declared, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." As born again Christians, we were all crucified on the cross and raised together with Christ by God. That's the reason we represent His spiritual Kingdom and government on earth. Remember that Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world.." (John 18:36 NIV).


The third process - Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end: Now that we are born again and alive to God, we are here to expand the Kingdom of heaven by the principles and system of its government which has no end. So Prophet Isaiah tells us that, "Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end." Jesus is the Lord over this invisible Kingdom and government, which will one day become visible. The increase of this government continues as we spread the Gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit. By living true to our nature and calling in Christ and sharing with many, the glorious Gospel of Christ, they surrender their lives to Christ and join the Kingdom and its government.


Scripture Reading - Zechariah 14:9; Psalm 45:6; Matthew 13:33; Luke 17:20-21.


Exuberant Declaration: Christ has established His Kingdom and government in my heart and I've taken hold of eternal life. My life is the revelation of the graces and realities of the Kingdom. I am an active part of the increase in Christ's government and peace, of which there is no end. Therefore, I align myself daily with Christ's thoughts and system of rule through the Word. Hallelujah!


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