Advent Reading Day 4:  Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Part 1)

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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” -Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV

Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Sar Shalom).  We all desire peace, especially in a world ravaged with war and injustice.  The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom” which means so much more than just the word peace.  Shalom means health, satisfaction, wholeness, safety, well-being, prosperity and completion.  Jesus came to bring peace to our world.  Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:14 that Jesus is our peace.

Shortly after Jesus was born, the angels declared “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).  The Greek word for peace is “eirene.”  The New Testament talks about peace being more than the absence of conflict.  Peace comes through Jesus.  Peace brings healing not just physically but emotionally and mentally- healing from the inside out (Mark 5:34). Salvation brings peace- we have peace when we give our lives to Jesus because Jesus forgave us and gave us peace through His precious blood.

To live in peace is simply living in His presence. When we have peace with God, we have peace with others and ourselves.  Often, we pray the Lord’s prayer and in that prayer,  we ask that His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  His kingdom one day will be established meaning wars will cease and those who belong to Him will enjoy shalom- health, wholeness, well-being, and safety.

Prayer:

Jesus, we live in a world ravaged with war, sickness, pain, and injustice.  Isaiah prophesied that you would come as the Prince of Peace and your peace will have no end.  Please allow your peace to reign on earth as it is in Heaven.  Establish shalom in my heart today.  As I spend time with you in your presence, help me to be at peace.  Whatever is keeping me from enjoying your peace, please remove those things. No matter what faces me today help me to live peacefully with others and with myself.  May I be a reflection of your peace.  Amen.

For further study:

Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:67, 76-79; Luke 2:14; Mark 5:34

 

 

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