Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

Christ’s Rule and Peace

Today's Life Journal Bible readingIsaiah 8-10; Hebrews 8

“…you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of the oppressor…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called…Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom…”
Isaiah 9:4, 6-7

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ began with a baby in a manger, but its purpose was far greater than the script of most nativity plays. Jesus came to set the captives free, to release the oppressed, and to establish his kingdom peace in our lives and the nations. The gospel cannot be reduced to a personal sin problem and a few nice stories that we dramatize once a year. Jesus’ government begins now for everyone who is his disciple. His peace begins in our hearts, extends to our families, our workplaces, our communities, and the nations. There is no end to the growing, increasing impact and transformation of Jesus’ government and his peace.
Are we living in that reality, or have we reduced Christ’s authority to a personal sin exchange?

“Lord Jesus, rule and reign in my life, my family – it’s yours, and in our nation, for your glory.”