The Prince of Peace

From the Principal's Desk, published in the Lion's Roar on December 17, 2014

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, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

 One of the names given to Jesus by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before Jesus’ birth is Prince of Peace.  What an amazing name to be given, and what a great promise was made to us by God through such an amazing name!  This message of peace, which is brought to us only through Jesus, is one of great simplicity and complexity all at the same time.  

 

 The peace that Jesus brings is complex.  It’s deeper than what we can see with our eyes.  It’s wider than the circumstances that face us.  It’s more enduring than our minds can fathom. It cost Jesus His life.

 At the same time, however, the peace that Jesus brings is extremely simple.  It’s so simple that much of mankind overlooks it or dismisses it.  It is made available to every single person who has ever lived.  This peace is offered as a gift…a completely free gift.  There is nothing at all that we can do to earn this gift.  All we must do is simply accept this complex gift.

 

 This gift, however, can only be given to each of us directly by the Prince of Peace Himself.  We aren’t able to give it to anyone on His behalf.  That can be so hard to understand at times, but it actually makes great sense when you think about it. 

 

 Have you ever watched someone struggle because s/he did not have this gift of peace?  It’s so difficult to watch.  It hurts to the core.  But the sting only lingers when we fail to remember that the same peace is available to us even when we must watch the struggles of those we love.  This peace is greater than every single circumstance or situation that we will ever face…without exception.

 

 How can we share this peace with those we love, especially when they feel anything but peace?  Oh, how important it is for us to run straight for the One who offers everlasting peace…the Prince of Peace!  Maybe then they might follow us to Him!  By our own actions, we can simply remind them of the complicated gift that He gave to each of us when He chose to come to Earth as a tiny baby…trusting His Father to see Him through the path He had been assigned.  We can show the peace of Christ through our own trust and patience as we, too, travel the paths assigned to us. 

 Help us, Lord, to draw close to you during these turbulent times.  Help us point the way to peace…true peace…the Prince of Peace.  Thank you for being for us the greatest gift ever given to mankind.  We pray that our loved ones will accept your amazing gift of Peace this Christmas season!