The Governor

Matthew 2:And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

The priests officiated at the temple.  Kings from the East came to find Jesus. They followed a star.  They were Gentiles.  God was making a way not only for Israel but for everyone.   The star was there to let them know something wonderful was going to happen.  In this almost hopeless world I’m glad there are still signs in the heavens.  There is hope and salvation for those who look for it.  Anyone from any nation can be saved.  Instead of looking to something or someone else, look to the gospel.  Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Those kings thought if anyone knew that a King had been born those in the capital of Israel would know.  In Jerusalem they found King Herod; surely he would know about this new King.  They came looking for the one born King of the Jews.  Herod scratched his head.  He didn’t see it coming.  We can see judgment coming to the world and see that Jesus is coming again soon.  The first coming was to his own people—the Jews—but they didn’t receive him.  All that looked for the child found him.  Those who rejected missed Jesus that first Christmas.  He came as a child the first time but not the next time.  The first time he came to accomplish salvation for us; the next time he will be King of all nations.

Herod saw a threat to his throne.  If he’d had common sense he’d have seen his wickedness and been glad to turn the government over to him.  Even as a child Jesus would have done better than Herod at ruling Israel.  When Herod asked what the scriptures said about the newborn King, they found what the prophet Micah said.  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.  Of all the words Herod heard, one disturbed him most—GOVERNOR.  This Governor would replace all the evil governments of this world.  Herod told the wise men he wanted to worship this new King too and asked to be advised where they found him.  We know what he was really up to.

The heavens declared by the star that Jesus was indeed King of the Jews.  Those wise men found Jesus and presented their gifts.  They would have gladly given over their kingdoms to him.  If all the rulers of this world would just turn it over to Jesus, we’d see a different world.  They may not do that but as his people we should.  Before we were saved, did we do a good job with our life?  Being your own person is the thing today.  We are to worship the Lord and only serve him.  That’s the way to put the devil on the run.  Keep every day of your life surrendered to the governorship of Jesus Christ.  His rule will lead you right.  His Word is a lamp to your feet.

Our life is best lived and enjoyed when we let Jesus be Governor of it.  We can’t trust our own heart.  It is deceitful above all things.  We can’t even control our tongues.  We can trust the heart of the Governor.  James said to be spiritually minded not double minded.  I can’t trust my mind but I can trust the mind of Jesus.  He has a clear mind full of truth.  When your heart plays tricks on you, look to Jesus.  This body is still the flesh of Adam.  We may be saved in soul but we struggle with the flesh, with this body.  We wake groaning because we’re weak in flesh.  The devil takes advantage of that.  We can’t rule this Adam flesh but the second Adam—Jesus Christ—can.  He knows how to heal and deliver us from the paws of the devil.

If they make laws against us, let’s be like Daniel.  Keep praying.  The only way we can do that is through the power of God.  Turn over heart, soul, and mind to the governorship of Jesus.  If there was ever a perfect, total and forever Governor it is Jesus.  Isaiah prophesied Jesus would be born and said the government would be upon his shoulders and he would reign forever as the Prince of Peace.

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