Jesus is the Prince of Peace
“And he shall be called…..Prince of Peace”
In Isaiah 9:6 the last of the four descriptive titles is given to Jesus, “Prince of Peace.” There is no doubt that peace is one of the most desired commodities in our society and has been since the fall in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve literally had the perfect peaceful setting, because that was God’s design and creation. There are two special events for Christians where peace reigns supremely; the millennium reign and arriving at our eternal home.
Thankfully, for the child of God, peace is ours prior to either event. This peace journey begins with making peace with God. Romans 5:1 tells us, “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with Godthrough our Lord Jesus Christ.” This decision is the springboard to all facets of a peaceful life.
Some of the dictionary definitions given for peace refer to lack of problems, stress or intrusions. While that may be so for the world, it is not for the Christian. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be trouble and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Who was Jesus talking to in this passage? Faithful followers whose world was about to be turned upside down called disciples. The Prince of Peace still has His title and His words stand to His faithful followers today. You see, true peace is not the absence of problems or conflict, rather it is a peace gift given by the Prince of His presence abiding in our lives. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that the Prince of Peace has made it possible through His peace gift, ”to transcend all understanding…..and guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” In a nutshell, our peace doesn’t make sense to the world, maybe even ourself, but it is true!
Not only can we have peace with God, peace in spite of what the world brings, but we can have peace with one another. The beatitudes in Matthew 5:9 tell us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Apostle Paul says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as member of one body you were called to peace.” The church of God should model the character of the Prince of Peace more and more every day.
Jesus is the Prince the Peace. He has given us the gift of peace. It is ours for the taking, abiding and sharing. Our focus determines the outcome. In times of chaos, trouble, uncertainty, turbulence, sorrow, conflict, may we hold tightly to peace. “May the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace always in every way.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
Pastor Ruth Kaunley