“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders…”
Today sees a political Advent take place in the UK. The Coming, or emerging, of a party to rule our lands with a mandate from us to do so (unless it’s a hung parliament!). We do not know who will be coming in to power or staying in power at the time of publishing this.What we do know is that our nations are in turmoil, there are no easy answers and no-one beside whose name we might put an ‘X’ who we whole-heartedly trust to deliver on all that we need. The truth be told, we don’t believe any candidate or party are fit and able to shoulder the responsibilities of our lives. And it would be unfair for any of us to expect them to be able to govern to the level that we all hope for.
Isaiah painted a bleak picture of the state of his two nations, Israel and Judah. For many of the same self-inflicted reasons as us today, the nations were in turmoil. And in the midst of bad government, national crisis and political disarray as a result of rejection of Yahweh (God), he prophecies that a light is being switched on again in the nations; that austerity was going to be dealt with; that hope and joy were on the way.
Through a child. A son. He would fill the offices of government himself, and do it perfectly.
This is our hope today, and should be our focus; Jesus rules and reigns. Maybe not in Westminster at this point, but ultimately his perfect government will come.
Whilst we’re waiting for that in the world, we can affirm this promise to ourselves and get filled with hope for the future. We can also pray for his government to come. And most vitally, we can say today “Jesus, reign in me today. I welcome your advent into power over my life. Govern me, and I will respond to you.”
Now you know where to put your cross at the ultimate ballot box.
(By Marcus Mosey)