In the faithfulness of God, Jesus was sent to earth to be born, live, and die for us. His reign of righteousness was counter-cultural and anti-religious – a movement of peace, love, and forgiveness. Will you welcome his kingdom now into your life?
4 The oppressor will come to an end,
and destruction will cease;
the aggressor will vanish from the land.
5 In love a throne will be established;
in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
one from the house of David—
one who in judging seeks justice
and speeds the cause of righteousness.
In the midst of a prophecy against the Moabites, Isaiah paints the picture of what happens when oppression comes to an end and peace comes to the land. This is a prophecy relating to Judah and a new king for the people, yet we see that these words also look forward to a different king…
In faithfulness – the faithfulness of God – Jesus was sent to earth to be born, live, and die for us. He is our king, yet he did not reign on the throne of David in his first coming. Although Jesus is Messiah who is a king in the line of David, his first coming was all about saving his people.
The kingdom of God did come with Jesus, yet its presence was in the people of God. The reign of righteousness was the counter-cultural, anti-religious movement of peace, love, and forgiveness which Jesus taught. Jesus sped up the cause of righteousness in his incarnation. In his second coming, he will reign in that righteousness on the throne of David eternally.
King Jesus will come.
Are you looking forward to that day? Are you looking forward to the reign of righteousness of heaven? Jesus taught us to pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. We can welcome that kingdom now into our lives and relationships and conduct.
Still we will need to wait for the oppressor, Satan, to be dealt with once and for all. Earthly oppressors will continue to exist until that day.
Come Lord Jesus, come!