Day 17 // Good Government

“… the government will be on His shoulders.” Isaiah 9:6b (NIV)

Good government sounds like an oxymoron these days. Historian and moralist, Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Sounds like times haven’t changed much before or since. But the promise of Advent offers us hope for the future. The prophets predicted that a child would be born, a son would be given and the government will be on His shoulders. The shoulders speak of strength. The promise is that the government of this world will one day be placed on the strong shoulders of the Lord Jesus Christ at His second coming. Those who looked for that at His first coming were disappointed and didn’t realize He came the first time to shoulder a cross to make atonement for sin as our perfect sacrifice.

The Advent adventure, though, includes the hope of His return. Just as He came the first time, so Christ is coming again. But this time, He will come to rule and to reign. He came the first time as a suffering servant. At His second coming He will be the sovereign King. He came the first time as a baby in a manger. He will return to establish His kingdom on earth, and the governments of the world will rest no longer in the fickle hands of tyrants, politicians and despots. The government will be on His shoulders! How awesome will that be?

Too many people today have the skewed perception of Jesus. They see Him only as a helpless infant. John saw Him as He is and recorded what he saw in Revelation 1:13-16 “… someone ‘like a son of man,’ dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”

This vision of Christ was totally different in appearance from the Savior that John knew when He walked with Him in His earthly ministry. This was not the sweet little Jesus child people like to sing about. He is the risen, glorified, exalted Son of God,; our High Priest and King who alone has authority to judge all men.

You don’t have to wait for good government to come one day if you allow Christ to govern your heart today. Have you let Him establish His rule and reign in your life?

As I wait for Your return, I pray You will govern my heart, Lord Jesus. I’m so thankful that You shouldered the cross for me and that one day even the governments of this world will be on those shoulders.

What areas of your life do you find most difficult for Christ to govern?

Purposefully yield those areas of your life to the rule and reign of Christ.

Record the difference it makes in your life.