December 24th: Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6.  For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; and the government is upon His shoulder; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

 

     Without Christ, our sinfulness puts us at odds with God. “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Our faith in Christ and His sacrifice brings us into a relationship of eternal peace with God, a peace which cannot be taken away. (John 10:27-28)

     Our eternal peace is the true fulfillment of Christ’s work as “Prince of Peace” as prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 but it does not end there. This eternal peace puts us into relationship with the Holy Spirit, whose work in our lives yields fruit of “love, joy and peace”, among other things. (Galatians 5:22-23) These fruit should be evident to those around us as we relate, in love, joy and peace, with each other, especially with our brothers and sisters in Christ with whom God calls us to “a unity of purpose through the bond of peace”. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

Peace on earth is only possible through the work of the Holy Spirit in us and the eternal peace we have with God because of the sacrifice of Christ, the Prince of Peace.

 

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” Luke 2:14

 

May you and your family experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can  understand, and may it guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

 

Submitted by Charles Kicker, Elder