A child is born

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Things were falling apart in Israel. The worship of God had been exchanged for the worship of convenience. The truth of God was exchanged for the lies of the pleasures of the flesh. The prophets of the Lord were exchanged for the prophets of Baal. The practice of purity was exchanged for debauchery and lewdness. The word of God was exchanged for human desires.

Sound familiar?

God’s message to Israel 2,800 years ago is the same for you today. As Psalm 2 says, The Lord laughs at those who think they are in control. The corrupt rule of man is preferred to honoring the Prince of Peace. In a world that appears to be falling apart, Christ is on the throne building an unshakeable kingdom of faith. He leads a kingdom that is connected to the wonder of eternity. Right here, right now Jesus is reigning. Whatever circumstance you are in at this moment is one that God is transforming to bring honor to his name. He makes what appears hopeless into hope. Christ must become your reference point, not your circumstances, not your feelings, not the media.

The Lord Jesus Christ is in control. He sits at the right hand of his Father. He is not intimated at the arrogance of mockers, law-makers, and kings. He answers to no one and no one can hold back his hand. Of his kingdom there is no end.

Rejoice in the sure message of Isaiah 9:6-7:

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.

He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.