Monday, August 1, 2011
Prince of Peace
“For to us a child is born, to us a child is given,
and the government shall be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government
and peace there will be no end.”
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
Isaiah prophesied about the coming Christ. He told the people of Judah that the Messiah would come as a child and that God would willingly give it to them and, by extension, to us.
The child would be called by various names. I am intrigued about Jesus’ title, Prince of Peace.
Prince-a male child of royal parentage.
Peace- harmony; concord.
Isaiah seemed to save this title for the Messiah for last because God may have wanted his people to remember this part of the child’s character. What would our world today look like if we followed Jesus and his pursuit of peace? Here are a few of my thoughts.
1.) We would have no times of inner stress over interpersonal relationships. (personal peace)
2.) There would be no times of harsh feelings between individuals. (interpersonal peace)
3.) People groups would not harangue over differences of viewpoint. (political peace)
4.) Nations would not feel the need to destroy one another. (world peace)
I know my list sounds a bit naïve, given the stance of our world in my lifetime. But when Jesus becomes in control of each heart all these thoughts will become reality.
When Jesus Christ comes again we will have peace on earth. He is the Prince of Peace.