The Prince of Peace
December 24 & 25, 2017
Chorus: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Consider the title that Isaiah gives to the Messiah—the title that testifies to his royal favor: Prince of Peace. The word Isaiah uses for peace is shalom—the Hebrew term for total blessedness and comprehensive well-being. Shalom means that all is right with the world.
Peace is not something that human beings are able to produce; it is something that only God can bring. A good example comes from South Africa. During the run-up to the 1994 elections, when violence threatened to break out between whites and blacks, Christians—both black and white—prayed that the Prince of Peace would reign in their republic.
After the elections, when their prayers had been answered, one freedom fighter said: “We had reached a point where, on our own, we had failed and were irrevocably fixated in the path of doom—until God’s intervention.”3
The Prince of Peace is the light of the world. What God invites us to do is to come into his light by receiving him as our Messiah. Failure to do this—choosing to remain in the darkness instead of entering the light— is sin. It is also folly, for what Jesus has to offer is exactly what we need.
We need guidance and direction; he is the Wonderful Counselor. We need power and protection; he is the Mighty God. We need love and security; he is the Everlasting Father. We need harmony and stability; he is the Prince of Peace.
Unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given. He is the light of the world. Everyone who trusts in him leaves behind the darkness of sin and death to enter the glorious light of his salvation.
Do we have the faith and the perseverance to pray for the Prince of Peace to bring shalom to our hurting world?
Let Us Pray
Light of life, you came in flesh, born into human pain and joy, and gave us power to be your children. Grant us faith, O Christ, to experience your shalom among us. Amen.
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