King Forever (Isaiah 9:6)
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this."
- Isaiah 9:6-7
And so we look at today...
The final part to this Isaiah 9:6-7 section is that the Messiah's Kingdom will be forever. "From this time forth and forevermore."
This is one of the most encouraging words in this passage.
This King, Who is our...
Wonderful Counselor (and pays our debt for us)
Mighty God (Who is above all, yet stooped down to help us)
Everlasting Father (Who created us, and redeemed us)
Prince Of Peace (Who brings peace to every area of our lives)
Son Of David (Who became part of history and our story)
King of Justice (Who rights every wrong)
King of Righteousness (Who doesn't sweep sin under the rug, yet still saves us sinners)
Will be King Forever.
Under His rule there is no more sickness, no more pain, no more death, no more sorrows.
In Jesus' Kingdom we will forever live in light and enjoy to the fullness all that we were created for.
There's not much else to be said.
It's going to be truly amazing.
I think we downplay Heaven a little bit.
It seems too far off.
It's too unknown.
It feels like we're making up a fantasy it sounds so good.
But we're told to look forward to His Kingdom and to rejoice that we will be living in it one day.
So, here's some verses for you to read and ponder as we remember that our King already came on Christmas day.
He has already won the battle on the cross.
That regardless of the difficulty or hopelessness we see in life around us, we can look up to Him and know that He is the perfect and final King Who will redeem all the problems, trials and difficulties of life.
And now we're told to spread His Gospel until He comes again to rule and reign as our perfect King, forever.
"Of the Son [Jesus] He [God, the Father] says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom." -Hebrews 1:8
"...And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." -Luke 1:33
"And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed." -Daniel 7:14
"Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” -Revelation 11:15
"...to Him [Jesus] be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." -Revelation 1:6
"For in this way [by trusting in and living in the Gospel] there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." -2 Peter 1:11