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. Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
I had seen them before, but this one captivated me like no other. A hazy, little black and white photo. The object was small and had just a few defining features. But, the more you looked, the more you could see. A nose. A thumb. A head. Two little feet. A picture of what was slowly gave way to dreams of what would be. That’s the power of an ultrasound. A simple, little, marvelous picture of a coming child and all the hopes and dreams that come with him.
Long before ultrasounds, the prophet Isaiah gave us a picture of a child to come. He would be unlike any child ever born. This child would be born into humble circumstances, yet He would reign in a far greater way than any of His ancestors. His reign would touch every people group and corner of the globe. He would come and He would make all things right. Such high hopes and high expectations for a coming child.
Over seven hundred years after Isaiah gave this prophetic ultrasound, a baby’s cries filled the night sky. He was born in an unassuming place to unassuming parents. No real pomp and circumstance. No courts and attendants. No real royal announcements in the halls of power. His court was probably not much more than His parents and a few animals, and the only real announcement was made on a hillside to a group of anxious shepherds. Yet, from this inauspicious beginning came the One who reigns. The hopes and dreams of generations had come to pass. The long awaited Messiah had arrived. It was only a matter of time now. His reign was at hand.
When we think of Jesus, we need to remember that He is king. In some of His last words to His followers, Jesus said that “all authority has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). Paul writes that “every knee” will bow and “every tongue” confess that Jesus is Lord. In the last book of the Bible we see Jesus described as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” This child, this son, has all authority resting on His more than capable shoulders. He reigns over heaven and earth and all that is in it. And, He invites those who yield their lives to Him to share in His reign forever. So, when you think of that baby lying in a manger, remember He is the ruler of all that is. And He gave His life for you so you can share in it with Him. Open you heart and bend you knee to Jesus. Yield control of every area of your life to Him. No holding back. No part off limits. Give it all to Him. He’s the king. He reigns. Let Him reign in you.
Further Reading: Revelation 20-22