The Promise of Peace
"His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6, ESV
2020 has been a year that we will never forget. While it took us by surprise, it was not a surprise to God. In times such as these, it’s important to hold on to God’s promises. One of my favorites is from the Prophet Isaiah who reminded our weary world of the coming Prince of Peace.
Theologian, Tremper Longman once said, ”It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Isaiah for the Christology of the church.”
In other words, it would be nearly impossible to fully comprehend who Christ is and what he has done for us without Isaiah’s descriptions.
Jesus is the Prince of Heaven that came once and for all to establish a long-awaited Kingdom of peace. This peace will literally come to our earth in the future Millenial Kingdom. Yet this peace is already here in a spiritual sense. As we rely on Christ we experience a peace that’s beyond all human understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
While most kingdoms have been established through wars, this kingdom was established through Christ on the cross!
As the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:1, ESV “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
What does this mean? It means that we have a peace that no one can take, no one can steal, no one can buy or sell. You can’t manufacture it or mimic it. It’s a peace that no pandemic or problem could ever truly take from you! We have a peace that no struggle or shut down could rob us from. This kind of peace is bigger than any problem, challenge, or circumstance you may face. It’s a peace that no guilt or shame couldn’t be fixed by. This peace is stronger than sin or Satan himself. It’s extraordinary, it’s supernatural, it’s the peace from Jesus Christ alone.
This is why the angel and the heavenly hosts were singing and praising God on the first Christmas! “Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" (Luke 2:13–14).
When Jesus came to earth He offered peace. Some thirty years after the angels made this announcement, Jesus made it clear. He was the source of this peace. He said, “In me, you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33, ESV).
Some two thousand years later, this promise of peace is perhaps more important now than ever before. Are you not weary a bit from the weight of this world? Are you not tired of the trials or the problems that have come with this pandemic? Jesus says I’ll give you peace that you can’t find on your own.
Christ offers you an alternative today my friend. It’s peace everlasting. Jesus has overcome the power of sin and Satan. He is all-powerful and is able to give you a peace that the world cannot offer. (Philippians 4:7). Believe and receive this today! Will you pray with me for you and your family?
Pray: Lord, today we believe and receive in You as our Prince of Peace. We receive your peace for our hearts and home today. Jesus, You are more than enough for us. You are our greatest gift this Christmas. Thank you God! You alone satisfy our souls. You can calm our anxious hearts and fill us with a peace that’s everlasting this Christmas and New Year. In Jesus' name. Amen.