Jesus: The Prince of Peace
“…Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
Our souls, and our world longs for peace. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, came that we might have peace in our heart, peace in the midst of the storm, and be at peace with our God. This article notes why Jesus came, who Jesus is, and what that means for humanity today.
The peace of God comes from being at peace with God
It has been said that “receiving the peace of God comes from being at peace with God.” Many recognize that Jesus was kind, humble and a gifted healer and teacher—few recognize the true reason for His coming was to offer something more. He did not come simply to heal or to teach, but to save.
Since the beginning—since our fall from grace—humanity has been out of relationship with God. Some seek to minimize the significance of this, but it is not a trivial matter. Romans 5:10 notes that as a result of the fall (Genesis 3-4), humanity became an enemy of God. Colossians 1:21 notes that because of sin, humanity became alienated from God.
Isaiah 9, John 1, and Luke 2 note that this breach in relationship cast a great shadow on a once bright world. In Isaiah 9:1, the words gloom and despair are used to describe humanity’s state. The situation was desperate—but God had a plan.
The prophet Isaiah wrote that God’s plan was to send a child, a Son. He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and die as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of all people (Isaiah 53:4-5). Wonderful titles note the mission of this One who would come: He would be a Savior (Luke 2:11), a Redeemer (Isaiah 47:4), and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) Through His sacrificial death and resurrection (I Corinthians 15:4), the Prince of peace made it possible for a sinful humanity to once again be in right relationship with (at peace with) a holy God (Romans 5:1). This is the foundation of the Gospel message, and it is indeed, “Good news.” This is why the angel who announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds said:
“…Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy [because the Prince of Peace has come], which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour [a notation of what the Prince of Peace will do—save humanity from their sin] which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10b-11 (KJV)
Over the centuries there have been peace treaties and seasons of peace. One of the most striking is the unplanned and unauthorized Christmas Eve/Christmas Day peace along the Western Front in the early months of WWI. This amazing moment of peace (which some say involved 100,000 troops) was incredible, but temporary, and pales in comparison to the superior peace the Prince of Peace offers to humanity (Philippians 4:7). Take time today to thank Jesus, the Prince of Peace, for making it possible to be at peace with God, and experience the peace of God.
It is possible to find peace in the midst of the storms of life. The Apostle Paul wrote of a “peace that surpasses understanding” (Phil. 4:6-7). The first step toward experiencing this peace is to accept Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior and put your faith in Him. From that decision flows forgiveness, joy, hope, and the promise of eternity in heaven.
There will be unrest. There will be wars and rumors of wars, trials, and tribulations, but Jesus will return and a time of peace (the Millennial Reign of Christ) is coming. Have hope and thank Jesus, the Prince of peace, for making it possible for weary and wayward humans to be at peace with God.
Will you commit to being ALL IN for Him? Will you commit to serving Him, growing in Him and make witnessing for Him the priority of your life? Being what God wants you to be, positions you to receive the peace God wants you to have. A great reward awaits those found doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, at the right place, and with the right heart when the Lord returns.
“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” (Matthew 24:44-46)
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