“Prince of Peace”

The history of the Jewish people is one of oppression, discrimination, genocide and war.  It is not surprising that the three Christmas prophecies we have chosen to study this Advent season are all found in the context of war (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7, and Micah 5:2).  Their Messiah, Jesus, Who was born on Christmas Day will one day return to Israel and deliver them from their enemies and give those who believe in Him peace.  “For unto us a Child is born, unto to us a Son is given.  And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6).

True peace can only be experienced through faith in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).  You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36).  We who are enemies of God because of our sin can be at peace with Him through the One Who died for our sins and rose again!  God sent Jesus Christ “…to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Colossians 1:20-22).  Believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior today!  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13).