Read Psalm 2:1-8.
Presently, we see global rulers who negotiate through whatever means necessary. We watch as those in positions of power and governmental authority try to set themselves apart to gain influence and harness human control. But to what end? In Psalm 2, the Psalmist depicts God sitting in the heavens mocking the prideful hearts of the rulers of earth. In reality, it is God who possesses the ends of the earth and has the authority to give out nations as his inheritance.
When God opens the invitation for us to become his children, this includes receiving what is rightfully his as inheritance – authority and dominion. Paul says, “if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8:16). Humans have always been designed to receive dominion (Genesis 1:28). And Christmas reminds us Jesus is coming to redeem dominion and to invite us into his royal inheritance once again. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” (Isaiah 9:6)
When Jesus enters as a child, he exists in human form and begins to take back his rightful authority of the earth through subversive means. Now, through his resurrection and ascension, Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus is the rightful heir to the throne and we, as his children and co-heirs, inherit what is rightfully his. Christmas means our destiny is redeemed. We no longer need to fear the rulers of this earth, but we can trust God to give out his inheritance with goodness and justice and perfect peace. “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end.” (Isaiah 9:7).
REFLECT + RESPOND
A redeemed destiny is reason to worship. Join in the song Unto Us by listening in Hillong’s version on youtube found below.
By Yvonne Biel