“For unto 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
I love this verse. It was read during Sunday’s message, and we hear it a lot around this time of the year, because it’s talking about the birth of Jesus. But this verse takes place centuries before his actual birth. This was spoken by the prophet Isaiah around 700 years before Jesus was born. Throughout the Bible, Jesus is given many different names; my favorite, though, is in this verse: The Prince of Peace.
Peace is defined several different ways. The Greek word means completeness, fulfillment, wholeness, harmony, and security. In English, it means tranquility, freedom from disturbance, and a period where there is no war or the battle has ended. Do you feel like you are fighting a war? A war for your family? A war for your health? A war for your sanity? I do.
Jesus came not only to BE our Peace, the fulfillment of God’s promise to us. But before he died, when he was comforting the disciples in John 14, he said that He will LEAVE us His peace also. He is the end of our battle. When we throw whatever concerns us at the feet of the Prince of Peace the battle ends there.
I have been in seasons where I felt pressed on every side. But I have learned over the years of following the Lord, if I just keep that peace He has left me, the peace that is Him, the battle seems to fade away.
So as you celebrate Christmas and the New Year, I pray the battles fade to the back and the Peace of Christ fills your heart. Merry Christmas brothers and sisters!
by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.