Prince of Peace

“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.”   Isaiah 9:6 

What a perfect time to reflect on Jesus as the Prince of Peace.  He is the source, object and embodiment of peace. 

The Gospel in Christ is a message of peace from God to men (Luke 2:14Acts 10:36). It is “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The peace that Christ brought is primarily spiritual peace from and with God, a peace that resides deep in one’s heart. Jesus said that He did not come “to send peace on the earth, but a sword,” referring to the penetrating nature of His call and the divisions it would create. The peace Jesus brings to us is far different from worldly peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:26-27) 

Many people try to find peace by eliminating difficulties and strife, but that is not the peace God offers. Jesus promised pain, suffering and trouble, yet He offered peace in the midst of it all. Speaking to His disciples shortly before the cross, He said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) 

Notice the source of peace. “In Me” you may have peace. True peace comes not when we rid our lives of all problems, but when we trust the Prince of Peace, who has overcome the world, to rule and reign in our hearts. 

This Christmas season, aim to stay focused on the Prince of Peace in the midst of holiday chaos.  In the words of one of our favorite hymns, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  Click here and worship our Prince of Peace. 

Jeff Wilson

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