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Christmas Thought: And The Government Will Be On His Shoulders

Christmas is far more than Jesus coming into the world, being wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger.

Is. 9:6-7 “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.  7 Of the increase 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 prophesies 700 years before Christ’s birth that Jesus will come into our world with a government on his shoulders. As Jesus makes his début he brings His world with him and it’s sitting there on his shoulders.

I’ve never seen a picture, or a painting of Jesus in the manger with a government on his shoulders. This would be a strange sight see but it’s nonetheless true.

The Kingdom Key

According to Isaiah 22:20-22 and Revelation 3:7 this government operates with a key. The key has the capacity to open and lock any door in the Kingdom.

Back in biblical days, a master key was given by a King to a steward whom the King found worthy, faithful and trustworthy. With this key, the steward literally had the power, authority and complete jurisdiction to open doors that no man can open and to shut and lock doors that no one can shut.

This master key was fastened to the clothes of these stewards up on the shoulder.

Jesus operated on earth using this type of key.  His key was to a spiritual kingdom handed to Him by His Father to steward the earth.

Because Jesus had the key to the Kingdom, the government resting on him as an infant manifested itself with supernatural power, anointed teaching and profound wisdom.

Jesus moved with complete Kingdom authority and power, destroying the works of the devil and releasing the supernatural realm of heaven on earth.  He opened doors that no one could open and he closed doors no one could close.

The Key Given To Us

Jesus has made available this key to the church. He did so based on His finished work of the cross and resurrection of the dead triumphing, disarming and making a spectacle of demonic powers (Colossians 2:15).

His finished work shifted the balance of power on earth. He secured the key that we lost in the Garden.

We find in Matthew 16:19 that these kingdom keys are given now to the church.

Matt. 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

In other words, Jesus secured a key(s) and has passed it on to us. We have authority on earth to open and shut doors, influencing the earth with heavens reality.

Concluding Thought

So this Christmas let’s not only remember the miracle of the virgin birth, the shepherds and the angelic host. Let’s pay attention to the fact that God came to earth, taking on flesh and bringing His government to the planet on the shoulders of an infant.

Greg Simas

• Pastor | Writer | Leader | Coach • Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer in SF Bay Area. "Building people whose lives change so they can change lives."

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4 thoughts on “Christmas Thought: And The Government Will Be On His Shoulders”

  1. Hi Greg this is an amazing post. Never thought about the master key on the shoulders.

    What is your thought on Mathew 16:19. I know on some versions it says “will be bound” than ” shall have been bound”?

    Thanks Greg

    Merry Christmas!!

    1. Thanks, Andrew. I believe the NAS95 “shall have been bound” is the best version that defines the heart of the verse. In essence, our binding and loosing, prohibiting and permitting, opening and closing are actions on earth that are in accord with heaven. We speak from a heavenly reality and to earth. Hope this helps. 🙂

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