by Steve Grieme
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Something deep within the human heart seeks peace. Few subjects are pondered more than what it will take to achieve peace. Politicians hold summits to negotiate treaties; they call for different gun laws, or various other solutions. As Christians, we proclaim the Gospel. Only through the Gospel can one find peace with God. Peace that comes because the Prince of Peace came.
In Isaiah chapter 2, there is a promise of worldwide peace when the Lord will come to Jerusalem. In Isaiah 9:6, it says the Lord will first come as a child and will be the Prince of Peace. Time and time again it is made clear there can be no peace without God. How can man expect to be at peace when he is at war with God? This explains the unrest today; as the world seeks to get along without Christ, the world will be without peace. There will not be worldwide peace until the Prince of Peace brings it.
However, for the individual living in a war-torn world there is a way of peace. This way was paved by the Prince of Peace. The prophet Isaiah also tells us the Prince of Peace was sacrificed for a humanity in constant turmoil because of her sin. Isaiah 53:5 says,
“But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.”
His sacrifice brought peace with God. Peace for the sinner who deserved to die was made possible by the Prince of Peace. Because he died there is a way of peace, and because he will come again, there will be worldwide peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.