From the Pastor’s Study – October 2nd, 2020

There’s never a wrong time to remember the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things, but in these days it’s especially needful to hear again the Scripture’s promise that Jesus has been enthroned as the sovereign King of heaven and earth.

This was one point of application I made this past Sunday when I preached on Isaiah 9:1-7. The prophecy is most well-known for Isaiah’s declaration of the coming birth of Christ: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; …” (v.6). Praise God, this promise was fulfilled that night long ago in Bethlehem when Mary gave birth to her son Jesus!

But what follows is equally a matter of praise: “… and the government shall be upon his shoulder, …” (v.6). And later Isaiah adds that “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, …” (v.7). Jesus was born the King of Kings, was enthroned in his ascension to heaven, and rules over all creation as Lord. Not only does he rule over the movements of atoms and galaxies and everything in between, but his dominion extends to the actions of nations and men.

What peace and comfort this truth affords in this time of social upheaval, moral chaos, and political turmoil! Over all the “sound and fury” on earth, Christ is seated in heaven at the right hand of God the Father, governing all things according to his wise, righteous, and holy purposes. And he is reigning over all for the salvation and sanctification of his people whom he loves.

His government is increasing, and with it, his peace. We may see only chaos and uncertainty, but all things are unfolding precisely according to the Master’s plan. And through it all he is building his church (Matthew 16:18). Only as we rest in this truth, can we live in this frightening world with joy, peace, and a tranquil spirit. Christian, never forget – Jesus is on his throne and causing all things to serve our eternal bliss. Hallelujah!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Pastor Johnson