For unto us a Child is born,
Unto 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.
Our Prince of Peace
Jesus is our Prince of Peace. A prince is someone in a position of authority and responsibility. He has certain rights that no one else has. He takes his responsibility as representative of the people he represents seriously. A prince endeavors to be a person of good character so that those he represents will trust and follow him. Jesus is the ultimate prince of life. There is no flaw in His character, ability to lead, motives for leading, or ability to do good for others.
Jesus is our Prince of Peace amidst the stormy times of life. There is no storm that He cannot calm. There is no obstacle too big for Him to overcome. He calmly faces the angry storms of life and says, “Peace be still.” No storm can continue to rage when He takes control of it. In Christ we discover that no matter what the stormy season of our lives may be like, we can overcome them through Him. His presence reassures us that our storms do not determine or define our lives. We can face positively our storms knowing we do not face them alone. He is our Immanuel and does for us what we cannot do on our own. Things may continue to be stormy for a season, but we know that the storms do pass and on the other side of every storm there is calm, sunshine, and peace. We praise Him in the midst of the storm because we know that the victory is ours in Christ Jesus. No storm can take us away from our Lord when we let Him hold our hand in the storm.
He Gives Us Peace
Jesus gives to us a peace that the world can never give. In the world there is turmoil everywhere. No matter what others may promise us, there can be no peace in the world. The world is governed by evil and will be until Jesus comes. Looking into the world for peace is utter foolishness and forever futile. The only peace that steadies the soul and enables us to handle life victoriously is the peace that Jesus gives when our sins are forgiven. If there is no peace in the soul, there can be no peace in the world. The promise of our Lord is His peace, a peace that no one can understand except those whose sins have been forgiven.
Jesus leads His children into the green pastures and sets them down by the still waters where they are safe and secure and can feast on the riches of His grace. Only in Jesus will you ever find peace. Only in Jesus can you truly say, “It is well; it is well with my soul.”
“Thank you, Jesus, for giving us a peace that the world cannot take away, a peace that passes all human understanding. Thank you, God, for your indescribable gift of love, Jesus, our Prince of Peace.”
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Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim has now authored many books which include a series of devotional books which cover every book of the Bible and several books on marriage and one on getting ready for marriage, Premarital Quips.