“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Most people in our world, if given the task to define our current culture, would not even think about using the descriptor of peace. Our world as it currently is, is experiencing great turmoil as wars are raging, financial crises are mounting, political divisions are paralyzing, and more.
Tranquility and peace are difficult to find in our world because at the root we live in a fallen sin-filled world. As we remember our Savior’s birth during this Holiday season, may we set our focus on the supernatural Peace that He offers to us even in the midst of intense outside chaos.
Part of Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming Messiah was a description that the coming Christ was the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). The first coming of Christ offers us peace both in an eternal sense and in a temporal worldly, physical sense.
Unfortunately, every human being has been born in a sinful state (Genesis 3) because of the fall of man in the garden which creates separation between a Holy God and sinful people. However, praise God, because of Christ’s birth, sacrifice on the cross, and resurrection our relationship can be restored with God giving us peace with Him. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Knowing Christ also gives us peace in the here and now where we can experience the supernatural peace of God no matter the outside circumstances we are facing. Paul states in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
LET US PRAY…
Father, during this Holiday season may we truly focus on the miracle of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, thank You for coming to this earth to be our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Lord, we praise You for the peace You bring us not only in this world but also for eternity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.