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Surrender to the King

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.   Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)

 Since I was a child, my favorite part of decorating the house for Christmas has been arranging the nativity scene. As I select where to place each figure, I imagine what each character in the Christmas story was thinking as he or she encountered the Christ child. I even consider what the baby Jesus was thinking as he lay on that bed of hay.

During the Christmas season, I suspect the image of Jesus that most often comes to mind is that of him as a baby; however, Isaiah’s description of Jesus is multi-dimensional. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus’ arrival on earth was God’s firsthand demonstration and expression of himself to mankind. As the writer of Hebrews explains, Jesus is the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3). He is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

This baby Jesus we celebrate is also a king – the King of kings and the Lord of lords. For those of us who have chosen to follow Christ, God’s desire is to reign as King in every area of our life. But that is sometimes easier said than done. If you’re anything like me, you struggle to fully and completely surrender every area of life to God as King, yet when I stop to consider what I gain when I surrender to him as King, that decision becomes much easier. The declaration of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 comes on the heels of a description of Israel’s oppressors: “For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.” Our King desires for us to walk in freedom and peace – free from all oppressors and the yoke of slavery.

As I consider what it means to surrender to God as King in every area of my life, I am struck by the reality that my King desires nothing but good for me. As I surrender to him as King, I experience the peaceful and perfect rule of Christ in my life. Our King is for us, He loves us, and He has fought and will continue to fight on our behalf. My pastor recently shared a message about Christ as King and challenged us, during this Advent season, to consider what it would look like to take God at His word and surrender every area of our life to Him as King. I hope you join me in asking yourself where you have resisted submitting to the authority of Christ Jesus and allow Him to reveal what life can look like with him in place as King of kings.

 

Donna Downs

About the Author

Donna started working with the Lifetime board and staff in the fall of 2010 as they were redefining the mission and vision for the ministry. In May 2011, Donna assumed a permanent role and joined the Lifetime team as Executive Director. In this role, Donna provides leadership and direction for the team as they execute the vision that God has given for Lifetime.