Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
One of the things that has been eluding governments from time in memorial is peace. It seems like we have seasons of it and the suddenly all hell breaks loose. The Bible tells us that the greatness of the government of Jesus and the peace it will bring will have no end. Jesus not only gives us peace, he is the prince of peace.
John 14:27 NIV
27 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 troubled and do not be afraid.
From this scripture, we see that there are 2 kinds of peace. There is the peace that the world gives and then there is the peace that Christ left with us, his peace. He said that his peace is not like the peace the word gives. The peace of the world is focused on external things and it is basically to get to a place where there is no conflict.
The peace that Jesus offers is much more than that. This peace stems from the reassurance that God loves me unconditionally and he has good plans for my life no matter what I see in the natural. This peace stems from the inside out. No wonder the disciples would be at peace even though they went through trials and tribulations even unto death.
The name “Prince of Peace” is the Hebrew Shar Shalom, which means “the one who removes all peace-disturbing factors and secures the peace.”
Jesus is the prince of peace because it is only through him that we can live at peace with God. In him our fears of death and judgement are replaced with the gift of eternal life!
Through him, we who have believed have also become peace makers;
Matthew 5:9 NIV
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
For you and I who believe, Jesus is our prince of peace when we face trials, he is our peace when we experience victories, he is our peace when we are faced with doubts, he is our peace as we journey through life, he is our peace in the moments when our future may seem uncertain, he is our peace reminding us that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.
In what area of your life today do you lack peace?
Why do you lack peace in that area of your life? What is causing all the turmoil and uncertainty?
What must you do to experience the prince of peace in that area of your life?