Every pagan empire — past, present and future — will fall and be replaced by Christ's rule.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7
- The gospel is not junk mail carrying a virus; the good news about Christ will affect you and it will change you, but constructively.
- God sent repeated messages about His coming government, which was inaugurated at Christ’s birth.
- It is a modern phenomenon to equate “government” with the state. God has instituted the governments of Christ, the family, and the church, as well as the state.
- Today the public realm of civil government is known for hypocrisy, dishonesty, oppression, and death.
- The government of Christ by contrast, is full of truth, justice, righteousness, and life.
- Christ is the invasion of God’s perfect reign into history.
- First, Christ is the Counsellor, the infallible wise teacher who speaks truth and justice.
- Second, Christ is the Mighty God, the omnipotent One who keeps His promise.
- Third, Christ is the everlasting Father, entering into a covenant of provision and protection for all who trust in Him.
- Fourth, Christ is the Prince of Peace: He enables us to re-establish peace with God, which then enables us to regain peace with others.
- These titles of Christ concern His reign, rule and dominion.
- Christ saves us so that we might serve His government.
- The government and dominion of Christ is ever-increasing. He rules the future. His government brings victory.
- Christ (Shiloh) was from the family line of Judah, the custodian tribe of kingship until the coming of Christ.
- Authority belongs to the Lawgiver, the promised One whose right it is to rule (Gen. 49:10; Psalm 22; 72:11).
- Modern man demands that ours be a democratic universe.
- But we are subjects of a King whose authority is above our personal desires. As the angels sang, a Saviour is born to us who is Christ the Lord.
- Ezekiel prophesied that Christ would overturn Kings.
- Like King Herod we still strike out against God today. We want to be our own gods in a democratic universe. We do not want Shiloh to reign over us. We expect salvation from the state.
- Everything that can be shaken is being shaken in our unstable political and economic times.
- Christ came as ruler of the kings of the earth, reclaiming everything that has been tainted by sin.
- Every pagan empire, past, present and future, will fall and be replaced by Christ’s rule.
- The reign of Christ begins when God grants us peace with Christ. Then it extends by the application of God’s word to every area of life.
- Christ wants to govern and rule in our hearts today.
- What is the impact of Christ’s message upon our lives?
- Describe the governmental structures instituted by God.
- Identify the significance of Christ’s titles listed in Isaiah 9.
- How does modern man respond to Christ’s kingship? What is the consequence of rejecting Christ’s reign?
- How can we serve and extend the reign of Christ this week?