The following ancient prophecy puts into perspective what God’s present/future plan is for our world through the Messiah. It refers to something that is of immediate concern to us all – the dangerous control that the Powers have over helpless citizens. In a very real way, God and his people have a mission of bringing His rule of justice, goodness and peace into a reality where ‘the government will be on his shoulders’.
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
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, 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,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
Years later Jesus would come to earth and begin this renewal through a way of life he described as The Kingdom of God. This Kingdom would include his people living in the world in a radical new way.
(* Please note that in this video I incorrectly refer to Nick Offerman as being in the sitcom Community when clearly any rational person knows he was in Parks and Recreation. My profound apologies.)