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Peace – December 31

Prince of Peace1                                                                                       Pastor Bob Lee

 

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, NIV)

 

Who hasn’t longed for peace, living in a world that is so often full of strife?  The Hebrew word for peace, however, means much more than the absence of conflict or the end of turmoil.  Shalom conveys not only a sense of tranquility but also of wholeness and completion.  To enjoy shalom is to enjoy health, satisfaction, success, safety, well-being, and prosperity.  Though the New Testament does not directly call Jesus the Prince of Peace, this title from Isaiah has traditionally been associated with him as the one who brings peace to the world.  Furthermore, Paul assured the Ephesian Christians saying of Jesus, “He himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14).  When you pray to Sar Shalom, you are praying to Christ himself.  To live in peace is to live in his presence.  Shortly after Christ was born, we hear the angels proclaiming: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).  Jesus is the source of all peace.  Though we were alienated from God because of our sins, Jesus reconciled us, making peace through his blood.  Peace with God produces peace with others and peace within ourselves. – copied

 

Again, Isaiah reminds us of this peace: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3, NIV).

 

Prayer: We desire to receive the peace that Jesus offers all his disciples.  Faithful God, help us to overcome fear, anger, envy, and all other states of mind and heart that stand as obstacles to our maturing into ambassadors of your peaceable kingdom.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

 

1 Ann Spangler, “The Names of God: Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), pp. 163-165.

 

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