“Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6, 7)
The Bible’s idea of kingship is nothing to do with celebrity and self-importance. It is to do with the joining together of privilege with responsibility. I recall that scene in C.S.Lewis’s Prince Caspian: “Welcome, Prince,’ said Aslan. ‘Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?’ I – I don’t think I do, Sir,’ said Caspian. ‘I am only a child.’ Good,’ said Aslan. ‘If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.”
The child of Isaiah’s prophecy was described as kingly. “The government will be upon His shoulder ” and his name will be called ‘Prince of Peace’. “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom” because He will “establish it with judgment and justice.”
So how many rulers establish their kingdom with peace, judgment and justice?
And how long will His government last? “From that time forward, even forever.”
The really astonishing thing here is not only that Jesus accepted both privilege and responsibility, but that He passed it on to us.
This is how Matthew finished his Gospel: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
I’ve been reading a book called
The Supernatural Ways of Royalty: Discovering Your Rights and Privileges of Being a Son or Daughter of God
“Princes and princesses are commissioned to see the people they lead reach their full potential in God. That means that the greatest compliment we can ever have is when the people we are leading become greater than us. If we believe that we are leading because we are the most qualified, then we will subconsciously work to undermine other people’s advancements.”
So, to be called into the “royalty” of Jesus means to be called into his sphere of service.
P.S It’s worth looking at the book just to do the “Prince and Pauper” test at the end.