Prince of Peace

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The messianic prophecy of a child being born who will be the “Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” has its fulfillment in the life of Jesus. What does the Bible tell us about “peace” and this “Prince of Peace?”

What is Peace? According to Webster’s dictionary, peace is a state of tranquillity, quiet, calm, freedom from civil disturbance, A state of security – being secure within a community, freedom from oppression, strife and disorder. In harmony in personal relations. Untroubled by conflict, agitation or commotion. Is peace desirable? Do you have it? Would you like to have it? How may we receive true peace.

Jesus in His last discourse with His disciples before His crucifixion said to them, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). How is it that Jesus could give His disciples “peace” when He was about to suffer on Calvary and His disciples would soon go through the worst experience of their lives up to that time?

Just three days later, at evening on the day of His resurrection, Jesus came and stood in the midst of His disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.– Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord” (John 20:19, 20). What a Prince! Death and the grave could not hold Him.

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