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What Child Is this?

He is The Eternal King

Text: Isaiah 9:7

Key Concepts:

  • The nature of the Eternal King’s Kingdom
  • The first step into the Kingdom of the Eternal King
  • The time of the kingdom

What is the hope for mankind when spiritual and moral darkness is overwhelming? What hope is there for a nation when governments, families and even churches are often equally troubled? What hope does the world hold under this pandemic? This hope we need cannot be found in political of social reforms. Neither will it be found in man’s false promises for racial harmony, nor in Marxism disguised as progressivism. Instead, the hope for humanity rests on the person and work of the Child who was born in Bethlehem who was worshiped by the magi (who acknowledged Him as king of the Jews). The Prophet Isaiah (9) foretold the birth of the Savior while Israel was going through a very dark period of their history. Their message of hope is our hope as well. The right response to this hope is that of Simeon, “For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel” (Luke 2:30-32, NKJV).

The nature of the Eternal King’s Kingdom            

Isaiah tells us that He is the Eternal King with “the government…upon His shoulder” (Is. 9:6, NKJV). As king He will be “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6, NKJV). He will be The Sovereign “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Is. 9:7, NKJV). His kingdom will be characterized by righteousness, peace and justice. There are those who are pursuing a material kingdom which causes them to peddle a social gospel. Though equality and the welfare of all is a worthy cause, it is not the message Christ came to share. In fact, Christ was rejected because He did not seem to want to solve the social and political problems of the Jews. Those who pervert the Word of God to fit their social justice agenda preach a different gospel entirely. Although the Church should be concerned with justice and fairness, social justice is not her primary mission. Jesus Himself lived under and witnessed the abuses and corruption of the Roman Empire. Yet, He taught the kingdom of God rather than addressing the social issues of His days. Because Jesus knew that the main issue lies with the heart of man. Accordingly, mankind will never succeed at achieving true social justice so long as the heart of man is undegenerated. Whatever improvements the social movements bring will only be short-lived. Christ’s kingdom is mainly spiritual. However, it is the kind of spirituality that can impact the world.

The first step into the Kingdom of the Eternal King

Both Jesus and John the Baptist issued their invitation to enter the kingdom through repentance. Only by renouncing sin and turning to God in faith can one enter His kingdom. Repentance is the first step into the Kingdom of God because man’s greatest problem is undeniably sin. Man’s philosophy is not the final solution. “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God” (Ps. 146: 3-5, NIV). Without God’s spiritual kingdom, there can be no positive lasting change to our social problems; as our problems are not truly social in nature but mostly spiritual. Consequently, those who belong to the kingdom through faith and repentance, should be able to impact their communities. Christians are tasked with proclaiming the Kingdom of God and His righteousness by lifestyle, by deeds and by words as we wait for the return of the Eternal King.

The time of the kingdom

The kingdom is originally spiritual, nevertheless someday it will be physical as well. Isaiah speaks of the throne of David (Is. 9:7) to remind us that David had a physical kingdom, although he was a spiritual man. David as earthly king had an earthly heritage and heirs. It is upon that throne that Christ will reign as an eternal king. The announcement of Christ’s birth also points to His future earthly kingdom. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:32-33, NKJV). Christ, as the legitimate and legal heir of David, will rightfully inherit the throne according to the Davidic covenant. God promised David regarding his successor that “I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Sam. 7:13, NKJV). And since “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Is. 9:7, NKJV), His kingdom will be as no other. It will be an empire without corruption, oppression, with even the animal kingdom will bend to its rule. Why would God want to establish an earthly kingdom? Man was created to have dominion over creation, to be the agent whereby God would reign over the earth. But when Adam and Eve sinned, they turned the right of dominion and the kingdom over the Devil. However, as God cursed humankind, He also promised a child would be born of the seed of the woman to crush the head of the Devil and reclaim the kingdom that was lost. Whereas through sin Satan brought unrighteousness, chaos, violence and immorality into creation, Jesus as King will restore godliness. On the same ground where the first Adam fell, the second Adam came to retrieve the kingdom. The King will not only rule by the righteousness of God but He will also dispense true social justice.

In conclusion …

As citizens of God’s Kingdom, our mission is to proclaim His message beginning with repentance. We must indeed declare and defend the righteousness and morality of God’s Kingdom. The United Nations has failed its mission of world peace. In our world, we are constantly at war. However, under Christ’s reign “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Is. 11: 6-9, NKJV). It is the knowledge of God that will change the heart of man and even impact the natural environment. Evidently, the hope of humanity is not in humanity itself. World peace will not be achieved by anyone’s social political activities but only through Christ. While there is no peace on earth, peace can always be found in the Prince of Peace. As agents of the Prince of Peace, we must prove that the righteousness of God has found a home in our hearts. We might be concerned with social justice in this world but we must never forget to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things [that we are pursuing] will be added to [us]” (Matt. 6:33, ESV). When we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, even when the world around us is chaotic, we will experience the peace of God as we wait to reign with Him in His Eternal Kingdom. Seeking first the kingdom means to prioritize biblical morality, God’s righteousness over personal agenda, over social justice. It means to prioritize the sanctity of life over one’s skin’s color. It means to prioritize God’s Word over the world’s laws. Are you seeking the kingdom of God first?

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