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It is the most extraordinary news that Isaiah utters in his prophecy about the Son of God. The baby born is not just anyone, He is the Lord. Peter says about Him: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus […] both Lord and Messiah.” (Acts 2:36). The angel told Mary that: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:32-33). His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). His kingdom is everlasting (Daniel 4:3). Christ – The Lord came into our world to make us humans part of His Kingdom (Hebrews 12:28). He came to place the Kingdom of God in us (Luke 17:21).
As King, He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:16). Paul says about Him: “For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). In this context, we are called to rest on His shoulder, to submit to Him in all areas of life, to sanctify Him in our hearts as Lord, to serve Him faithfully, and to value (at Christmas) the true meaning of His Kingdom (Romans 14:17).
Lord, Father, we thank You for making Christ the Lord of Your kingdom. We are grateful to You for making Him our Savior and Lord. Help us to be faithful to Him every day. Help us to give Him the control over our lives so that He may reign with authority on the throne of our hearts. Amen!
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