6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 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 it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this
Jesus is King, for God the Father gave Him a throne. Now the government is on His shoulders, that is the government of heaven.
Picture what a perfect government must be like.
To every government there is an opposition, and the opposition to heaven’s government is Satan, the enemy. Like any other enemy he wanted to oust the King and take the throne, But he was not successful and God threw Him down. But though Satan lost his place he did not loose his lust for power.
When God made mankind in His own image, he blessed them saying, “Let them rule.” So God gave the first authority over the earth to Adam. Since Satan was not successful in dethroning God, he deceived Adam and stole mankind’s throne. Jesus addressed Satan as “The ruler of this world.”
Adam held dominion over the world until Satan took it. When God came to earth in the form of a man, Satan saw a new chance and once again attempted to tempt and deceive God into giving up His throne.
The Temptation of Jesus
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
God cannot be deceived. The first Adam fell for temptation, but our Lord and savior did not and remained sinless. Jesus Christ kept His throne and so brought humanity back into a state of reconciliation with Him.
One day, when the new heavens and the new earth are created, we will rule with Jesus. What a mind-blowing revelation of grace!