THE PRINCE OF PEACE

Bible Reading:  Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:8-19;

Jesus is the Prince of Peace and His government is one of justice and peace.

When the angelic choir sang in the fields near Bethlehem, on the day that Jesus was born their message was one of peace. They were saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests” [Luke 2:14].

The Hebrew word for peace in Isaiah 9:6 is the word “shalom.” It means far more than the absence of aggression. It has the sense, not just of peace, but also of completeness, wholeness, health, tranquility, prosperity, rest and harmony. In fact everything that is good!

The Greek word for peace used in Luke 2:14 is the ‘eirene’ and in this passage it is used of the calmness a nation enjoys when it has a caring, competent and secure leader. The Kingdom of God that Jesus rules over is a kingdom of righteousness, joy and peace [Romans 14:17]. This peace is a sense of tranquility, knowing that your life is truly in the hands of a loving God, and thus experiencing quiet in your inner self. It does not naturally make sense because it is supernatural! It surpasses all human understanding [Philippians 4:7]. It is not dependent upon circumstances but upon abiding in and trusting Jesus. The hymn writer summed it up in the following verse:

Simply trusting every day,

                                     Trusting through a stormy way,

 Even when my faith is small,

                                     Trusting Jesus that is all”

Only Jesus, the Prince of Peace can give you this peace. The world cannot give it to you. Before He went to the cross Jesus said to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give you” [John 14:27]. Education, family, wealth, employment are good, but they are not the source of this peace that Jesus gives. Jesus bought this peace for us when He died on the cross [Isaiah 53:5].

Questions:

What are the things that most stop us enjoying the peace that Jesus offers?  [See Isaiah 26:3; James 4:1-3; Philippians 4:6; Mark 4:35-41]

Why do you think that Jesus said, “Peace be to you” twice when He visited the disciples in the upper room [see John 20:19-23]?

In Philippians 4:7 Paul says that the peace of God guards our hearts and minds. What do you think this means?

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