Depending on your point of view, “government shutdown” may mean an undermining to your livelihood, a reduction of Washington interference, or a symbol of partisan politics. Questions arise as to what government services and civilian activities will be impacted, and tensions are ratcheted from Pennsylvania Avenue to Wall Street. A government shut down is so rare that it is headline newsworthy.
Of course we know that the strongest, largest empires the world has ever known have toppled, in some cases forever shutting down their governments. Even countries that were once the seat of world power are now led by a much-weakened and much-reduced governmental authority. Did you know that there is one government not in danger of ever facing a shutdown? It is not China, Russia, or Switzerland, either. In fact, this government is ever-increasing and that is even a good thing. Isaiah foresaw this, prophesying, “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. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this” (9:6-7).
The Holy Spirit through Isaiah looked ahead to the birth and reign of Christ. He refers to Him by a couple of names that reveal His Deity–Mighty God and Eternal Father. He refers to Him by a couple of names that demonstrate His work–Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace. Then, He turns to His coming reign as King. Words like peace, justice and righteousness describe it. In this, He also says “there will be no end to the increase of His government.” Jesus wants to reign and rule over His creation. The more He has control of our lives, the better our lives become. The more fully we submit to Him, the greater good can be accomplished to His glory! The best news is that, so long as He lives (and that’s FOREVER!), His reign will continue (cf. Dan. 2:44). No matter which side of the aisle of American politics you stand, you should agree that this is the kind of “Big Government” we should all enthusiastically support!