The Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Is there any wonder that His name would be called “The Prince of Peace”? Since the exiting of Eden, the world has seen chaos and strife. Yet, Jesus is the Royalty above it all. The conception of Mary was issued through the Holy Ghost, which Jesus called “The Comforter.” His invitation included a yoke that was easy and a burden that was light. His nature is that of being slow to anger and of great kindness. His actions included calming the raging Sea of Galilee and setting the tormented Gadarene free insomuch that he was found sitting, clothed, and in his right mind. Calm.

Christmas is celebration of God’s own visitation in the form of a man. More specifically, He was known as “The Lamb of God.” Yes, He is the Lion of Judah, but He came as a lamb; innocent and tender. The prophet of old said, “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee meek.” Which Jesus echoed when He said of Himself, “for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

In light of His nature, what a thought to know that He is our peace. The rat-race, which no one has ever won, is constantly pressing. Struggles abound in all of our lives. Mounting losses and continual conflict remain despite our best efforts to resolve such things. Confusion and bewilderment accompanies the best of faithful hearts. Jesus is our refuge from the storm. He speaks and placid waters emerge. His touch brings assurance. Even His name is called a High Tower where the righteous run and are safe.

I wish this season to be filled with Jesus, The Prince of Peace. He is the Lord strong and mighty. His voice is the quiet confidence in the midst of life’s cacophony of voices. As Paul concluded a portion of his inspired writing, so too I write, Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

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