Christ’s throne established forever

jesus-160077_6401Chronicles 17:12: He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.

These words were directed at King David by God and they find ultimate fulfilment in Jesus Christ. Jesus was given several names by Isaiah: wonderful, counsellor, prince of peace everlasting Father, saying there will be no end to his kingdom and his reign. He said: unto us a child is born and unto us a son is given and he shall have dominion (Isaiah 9:6-7). In a vision revealed to Daniel, Jesus is seen as a stone cut without hands that grows and swallows up all existing kingdoms, with everlasting dominion (Daniel 2). He shall be the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14).

Before Solomon was born God gave his name as such and it means peace (1Chronicles 22:9), meaning that his reign will be marked by unusual peace on all borders. In the same vein, Jesus is the Prince of peace. He is the source of it.

In Psalm 2 we read of the promise of God to his Son, that he would give him the nations for an inheritance. As a temptation, the devil offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world, which were is by destiny.

The temptation of the devil is sometimes a shortcut to fulfil a legitimate desire (or destiny of God for you) that you have. There was nothing wrong for Eve to desire more wisdom, but what the devil did was to offer her a shortcut (Genesis 3), a path that seemed go but the end is destruction (Proverbs 14:12); a path away from God which leads to bondage to the devil.

In the first chapters of the bible, the word went forth that the seed of the woman (Jesus) will be the undoing of the devil, and that happened on the cross, where Jesus made an open show of principalities and powers (Satan’s hordes), triumphing over them (Colossians 2:15). In death he went to hell and made a mess of them there.

We are beneficiaries of the victory of Jesus over the devil (Romans 8:37); the devil, who is god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4), still functions, because Jesus has not decided to catch in on the full implication of his victory. He still leaves the devil in the world to be a roaring lion looking for whom he may devour (1Peter 5:8), so that we can learn as believers to flex our faith muscles (resisting the devil) as we train as sons of God, as we grow into maturity.

This is similar to what happened to the children of Israel as they took over the Promised Land, that vast land. God would have done away with the people on the land with barely a wave of his finger, but he did not.

The children of Israel had to get their hand dirty, as they spent years contending with enemies, and through that they learnt the art of war. God allowed some of the nations to still remain in the land so that over time as the children of Israel multiply in number, and they need more land, they will push the enemy out bit by bit (Exodus 23:29-30, Deuteronomy 7:22).

God said that if he drove all the people away at once, and the Israelites were not enough in population to fully occupy the land, then wild animals will spread endangering the lives people. That means it is not enough to gain a level of victory, it is equally important to be able to sustain that level of progress and not regress. So he wanted the people to grow and as they grow and they need more land, they push away the people in the land. If not any victory against the enemy will backfire with greater loses to animal invasion.

It is Christ’s mandate to rule and reign through us on the earth. The psalmist said that in the day of the power of Christ the people will exhibit great willingness to be part of what was happening. He said that the Lord will stretch forth the rod of his strength from Zion (the church) ruling in the midst of his enemies, which is right now, till all the enemies are put under the sole of his feet (Psalm 110). That has not happened yet, because on the list of the enemies is death, which is the last enemy that will be put under his feet (2Corinthians 15:25-29).

We are called to rule and reign with Christ in the world to come, but now he said to us occupy till I come. In a parable Jesus relate the story of a man (which stands for Christ) who travelled, (which stands for the fact that Jesus had ascended) but he gave his servants talents to work with, with the diligent made to rule with him (over cities) when he came back (Luke 19:12-27), while the unfaithful became shut out from the arrangement of things.

Just as Solomon built a house for God, Jesus much more, he is the house of God. He is the embodiment of God. That was his calling to be that. He is called Emmanuel, God with us (Isaiah 7:14).

He is not just God with us as in as his messenger, he is God, but for the sake of the work of salvation the bible says that he decided to take on the form of a servant (hence the way he described the relationship between himself and the Father which some termed as meaning that Jesus cannot be equal with God [Philippians 2:5-11]), humbling himself even to the disgraceful death on the cross (taking on himself the wrath of God against us), being the greatest revelation of the love of God ever.

John 3:16 tells us that the God’s love made him to give up his son as a sacrifice and his blood as payment for our redemption. Some in songs say, “I don’t know why you (God) love me”; that’s a display of biblical illiteracy.

God loves me because he cannot help himself, he is an addictive lover, he can’t help himself and he can’t change himself, he has to be true to himself. He created man as an object of his attention and affection and objects of his love.

In Christ, God has a means to “shower” his love on man again after thousands of years of interregnum, caused by sin; the bible says that the hand of God is not shortened that he cannot save (Isaiah 59:1-2), but because of his nature of his holiness, the sinful state of man was a perpetual hindrance to His relationship with man. But the blood of Jesus took care of that problem, and God could now shower us with his love. Paul said that God gave us his son, and asked: how wouldn’t he, together with him freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)? “Freely” being the operative word. He gave his son freely and that his everything, so in Jesus he gave us everything.

Jesus said that if people who are evil know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more, would our heavenly father, give good things to his children (Luke 11:9-13). With his love shared in his son, his extends invitation to everyone everywhere to dwell with them as they come to his house in heaven.

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