Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah spoke of Him. Wonderful Counselor. Might God. Eternal Father. And Prince of Peace. In this series, we have been discovering what it truly means to abide in God’s peace beyond understanding. And I simply couldn’t ignore the fact that Jesus is referred to as our Prince of Peace. What does this title mean exactly? And why is it important for us today?
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For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:6-7
This Messianic prophecy found in the book of Isaiah describes Jesus in a position of authority. His “government” would be ever increasing, and He would sit on the throne of David forever. While we know that Jesus is the King of kings, these Scriptures speak towards the nature of His reign.
- We serve a King of peace, not chaos. The world often views our God as anything but peaceful. They point to verses in the Old Testament and use them out of context to make Him seem vengeful and hateful. But this is NOT our Father God! He is a God of peace and order. Simply look at the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, peace, patience… these are the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in our lives because they specifically describe His nature. And when God fills our heart, His attributes become apparent in our lives.
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace… – 1 Corinthians 14:33
- The mission of Christ was to bring peace to the world. The death and resurrection of Jesus was always the plan. God longed to transform our chaotic and hateful world into a world filled with His peace and love. And referring to Jesus as the Prince of Peace spoke to His mission. He would be the One to finally bring peace to the world.
- God longs to transform our chaotic & hateful world into a world filled with His peace and love. Click To Tweet
- Apart from Him, there is no peace. This truth goes without saying. Prior to Jesus, the world was far from peaceful. And while we don’t have perfect peace yet in terms of our world, what we do have is hope! I love how Isaiah speaks of Jesus’ ever-increasing kingdom. Because the truth is that His kingdom is always growing and expanding. God’s love and His peace are spreading throughout the entire world. Light is reaching dark places. And it’s so amazing that we get to be a part of it all!
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. – John 14:27
Jesus truly is our Prince of Peace.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.