|He Shall Reign Forever!
by Billy Graham, The Cradle, Cross, and Crown
There’s more to Christmas than the cradle and the Cross.
There’s also the crown.
Chiseled into the cornerstone of the United Nations building is a quotation from the Bible that has never yet been fulfilled. Taken from Isaiah 2:4, it reads,
They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
This is a thrilling thought! It’s often been repeated by men who long for peace. And many of those men wonder why peace doesn’t come.
However, this quotation must not be taken out of context.
The passage speaks of the time when the Messiah will reign over the whole earth. This is the era about which Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer,
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10
This is the time when He who came as the baby of Bethlehem shall come back as King of kings and Lord of lords.
The crown will not be restored until He to whom it rightfully belongs shall come; to Him I will give it. – Ezekiel 21:27
The kingdom of this world
For unto us a Child is born,
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