Is. 9:6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
wand the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The Prince of Peace was one of the great Messianic titles spoken as a prophecy over the coming Savior. What a great promise, He would be the Prince of Peace. Our world needs this Prince right now. It only takes a moment to watch or read today’s headlines to discover the need for this Prince of Peace. Just yesterday I read of carjackings, a shooting in the mall apparently about some sport shoes, violence and beheadings in the Middle East, threats of cyber terrorism; peace seemed nowhere to e found. The problem is this, this violence and unrest flows out of the very heart of man. We don’t need a political change, we need a heart change in order for peace to come. John Piper spoke about three areas that Christ brings peace to in one of his Christmas messages. Check out his thoughts.
“My great desire for you this Christmas is that you enjoy this peace. We know that there are global aspects to this peace that lie in the future when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). When, as Isaiah says, “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end” (Isa. 9:7).
But Jesus has come to inaugurate that peace among God’s people. And there are three relationships in which he wants you to pursue this peace and enjoy this peace. Peace with God. Peace with your own soul. And peace with other people, as much as it lies in you.
And by peace, I mean not only the absence of conflict and animosity but also the presence of joyful tranquility, and as much richness of interpersonal communication as you are capable of.”
Piper spoke of three areas we each need peace in our souls. First, peace with God. This is what Christmas is all about. We have peace with God through forgiveness. Sin steals our peace, forgiveness restores it. Secondly, we need peace with ourselves. This peace with ourselves is a direct result of having peace with God. We are no longer conflicted, His peace has flooded our souls. Finally, we need to have peace with others. This peace often begins as we extend the forgiveness God has given to us in Christ to others, even those who have hurt and offended us.
So, may the peace of God reign in your soul this Christmas time. The prophecies have been fulfilled, the Prince of Peace has come.