Three neighbors were bragging about their dogs. One guy said, “My dog can fetch my shoes. I will show you.” He called, “Here, Felix. Get my shoes.” Felix got his shoes. The second guy said, “My dog does better. He can get cash into his mouth and bring it to me.” Then he brought out P5,000 bills and called, “George, get this 5,000 and bring it to me.” George did so.
The third guy said, “That’s nothing. My dog can do better than that.” Then he called, “Government, come over here. Show them what you can do.” The dog named, “Government,” came near, picked up the 5,000 cash, put it into the shoes, and then ran away with the shoes.
The first Christmas prophecy talks about the government of the Son of David in Isaiah 9. “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” (Isa. 9:6-7, ESV). The word, “government” (Heb. misrah) means, “rule, dominion.” (BDB) The word, “shoulder” (Heb. shkem) means, “as bearing burdens, so metaph., of responsibilty of rule.” (BDB) The phrase may mean the assumption of government or more likely, the burden of government. The child who is born and the son who is given is the king who will rule the earth. He will bear responsibility as the ruler of the world.
There is a spiritual kingdom in our midst today. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Lk. 17:21). When you invite Jesus Christ into your heart and into your life, the kingdom begins in your own experience. Where people are healed in Jesus’ name, there is the kingdom. Where people come to Christ and obey Him, there is the kingdom. Where people reject sin and live holy lives for God, there is the kingdom.
But the Bible also talks about the literal kingdom, the coming kingdom of Christ in the messianic age (Matt. 25:34; Lk. 13:29; 22:18). It will be a kingdom of peace. The coming King will end all wars. Isaiah tells of the combat boots and bloody clothes of soldiers that will be burned as fuel for fire (Isa. 9:5). It means there will be no more need for the tools of war. In the peaceful government of the Prince of Peace, there will be no more need for an M16, an M1 battle tank, or an F16 fighter jet. The Armed Forces of the Philippines will be dismantled. The military will lose, not only their budget, but also their jobs. Defense spending will be zero. The government of the Davidic King of Zion will be a government of unprecendented peace.
Who sits on the throne of your life today? Who is Lord of your life? For whom do you live your life— yourself or King Jesus? Have you ever prayed, “Lord, you are King Jesus. Rule my heart today. I surrender my life to you today.”
The first Christmas prophecy of the worldwide government of Christ is yet future. But His rule begins today on the throne of your life.