by Steve Mangle
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:30-33
History shows that in time, every earthly kingdom falls to another that rises. No matter how great the authority, power, or influence of the regime or government, the rulers of our world are temporary. Certainly Mary knew something of history, and assuredly she knew the Word of the Lord, prophesied through Isaiah some 700 years earlier:
“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.” - Isaiah 9:6-7
Mary’s baby was the fulfillment of that prophecy. Her baby, Jesus, would be the ruler that would change kingdom history…he’d become the King over the kingdom and Ruler of the government that would never change hands, never end. To set her hope in God’s promise, Mary needed to look no further than to the child she carried in her arms.
“But,” you say…“Jesus was rejected as the King of the Jews, and He was put on a cross and killed. He never became the fulfillment of Mary’s hope.” It is true that Jesus was crucified as the Scriptures detail, as history records. But, Jesus was raised by the power of God, and He lives! Scripture and history both proclaim this. Yes, Jesus is alive. Yes, Jesus will reign forever.
Want to know more about what the Scriptures reveal about Jesus and His reign?
In Hebrews 1:3 we read that “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Jesus is now in the position of rule and reign at God’s right hand in heaven.
In Revelation 5, it is the Lamb who takes the scroll and opens up the seals. In verse 13 it is the Lamb of God who receives “…praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!” Yes, forever and ever! Jesus Christ is this Lamb of God (see John 1:29).
In Revelation 22, Jesus says to John the apostle and to all who believe in him: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End…I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The book of Revelation shows us the things that are and are yet to come. Who is the King, the Judge, the Ruler of all things through all eternity? It is Jesus Christ.
So, in who or what do you put your hope, your trust, your faith? Look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). For He will reign forever, and His kingdom will never end.