Day 25 - The perfect reign of Christ
Prophesied in Scripture: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Fulfilled in Scripture: Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed.“Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. Matthew 13:54, and “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:53
A new mode of government came with Christ. His government has 4 branches, revealed in his names/aspects of his character. The first branch is Wisdom - he can govern our lives with the best advice the world has ever known, and he can guide us through all difficulties. The second branch is Power - the resources of the universe are at his disposal, and he can use them for wonderful miracles. The third branch is Just Benevolence - similarly to a good parent caring for a child, Jesus is our fair and kind ruler who ensures justice is done but also gives us grace. Finally, the fourth branch is simply Peace - it is hard to think of peace in this horribly violent world, but when we have Jesus reigning in our hearts, we can have a "peace that passes understanding" always inside ourselves, something no one can take away. Let us praise the Lord with thanksgiving for the perfect government of Christ!
Photo taken by me in northern Michigan October 2013 while we were having adventures with my sweet in-laws!
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