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     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. Isa. 9:6-7 
     Dear Lord Jesus, it won’t surprise me one bit if we begin to see Christmas decorations beside Halloween candy on store shelves even before September starts. It seems like the date get earlier and earlier each year. That being said, it’s never too early to remember, and we dare not forget, why you came into the world.
     There aren’t any “Christmas verses” that are the private domain of Advent. There’s just you, and your glory, and your magnificent story of redemption and restoration. Today, on this hot August morning, I’m glad to remember—I need to remember, why you came and what you’re up to right now.
     Lord Jesus, the government of the entire cosmos (and the next hour) is already sitting squarely upon your shoulders. Nothing happens apart from your sovereign doings and delight. You’re presidency at the throne of grace way supersedes (and determines) the next presidency in our country. I don’t have to be vexed over a nuclear-armed Iran any more than I have to be defined by a lousy golf game.
     It may not be apparent to my naked eye, but everything is subject to you. You were before all things, and in you all things are held together (Col. 1:17). Everything in heaven and on earth is being summed up in you (Eph. 1:10).
     You are Wonderful Counselor—that is, our wisdom from God, our righteous, holiness, and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30). There is no salvation apart from you. It’s the gospel or despair. You are Mighty God—eternally one with the Father, co-equal, co-glorious, along with the Holy Spirit. There is nothing you can’t do. You never “try” to do anything. You simply execute your pleasure at your discretion—wherever, whenever and however.
     You are Everlasting Father—the Son who perfectly reveals the Father and his riches to us. It’s because of you, Jesus, that we’ve been adopted into God’s family and given all the rights and delights of the children of God.
     You are Prince of Peace—by your life and death, you made peace between God and us. You yourself are our peace, Jesus; you destroyed the hostile barrier that stood between us (Eph. 2:14-15). Because of you, God is at peace with us and his peace is ruling as an umpire in our hearts. Right now, on this early August morning, you are extending your glorious kingdom of peace. You are “shaloming” all things—making all things new, putting all things right. Justice and righteousness are coming to every place where sin and death have done their worst.
     All of this is happening because you are the zealous Lord and jealous Bridegroom—accomplishing everything you have promised for your Bride whom you cherish. All of the sudden, I feel like putting on some Christmas CDs, Lord Jesus. So very Amen I pray, in your peerless and omnipotent name.

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  1. doyle moore says:

    Looking forward to hearing you at Coral Ridge Sunday.

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