Scripture: “….The government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)
Consider: The prophet Isaiah describes a king with regal authority. At that time, a ruler would wear a royal robe dyed in purple ink from local sea snails. A single robe required up to 1,000 seashells. Such a costly robe that was draped over a king or prince to signify his authority, power, and prestige! The symbol of government would literally be laid across his shoulders.
Isaiah describes the Messiah as a king so great that he would have final authority not only over Israel (Micah 5:2) but also over the whole world. Jesus would later tell his disciples that all authority in heaven and on earth had been to him from above, thus claiming that he fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy (Matthew 28:18). The Apostle Paul also wrote that God made Jesus the ruler of all things (Ephesians 1:21-22).
No prince or president could out-politic him, nor pompous military power subdues him, it's Christ’s call. He can carry upon his shoulders the weight of the sin of the world. He is surely able to carry our daily burdens. What good news! A savior invites me to lay upon him my worries and cares because He cares for me! (1 Peter 5:7)
If you have faith that Christ can bear all of our concerns, what burden or problem do you need to lay down?
“Praise be to God our savior who daily bears our burden.” (Psalm 68:19, NIV)
Pray: Lord, shoulder my pain and sorrows. I cannot, and I will not carry my relational, emotional, or spiritual problems alone. Help me, Lord, to identify my problems, and allow me at the same time to share with other trusted believers as my hope.
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