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Jesus’ Rule and Peace Keep Increasing

Scotty Smith

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:7

King Jesus, your righteousness is our surety, your love is our freedom, and your sovereignty is our sanity. How could we possibly have known your birth in a stable would lead to the stable-ization of the universe? And that your cradle would rock our broken, divided, peace-craving world? Joy to the world, indeed.

Truly, there’s only one government and one peace sufficient to meet the needs of our sinful hearts and restless world. Through your resurrection, you’ve already been installed as “the ruler of kings on earth” (Rev. 1:5), and of everything else. King David’s throne has become your throne of grace, from which you are actively ruling the world with your truth and grace. Eternal discretion, not local elections, determine the future.

Indeed, Jesus, you are zealously working all things together after the counsel of your will. You—the Lamb of God, the Lord of Lords, and the Lamp of the New Jerusalem—are working in all things, for your glory, and for our good. No one and nothing can derail, deter, or distract you from bringing to completion your good work of redemption and restoration.

You don’t promise to do all things easy, but you always do all things well. Forgive us when we get impatient with your timing, don’t like all your providences, or second-guess your engagement. You are the King we always wanted.

As the gospel of your kingdom continues its transforming work in our lives, may it advance through our lives. Free us to show up joyfully, love boldly, and hope patiently. You WILL finish making all things new. Hallelujah! So very Amen we pray, in your mighty and merciful name.



Jesus’ Rule and Peace Keep Increasing