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THE PRINCE OF PEACE
Victor M. Eskew
One of the most beautiful prophecies about the coming Messiah is found in Isaiah 9:6. The prophet declared: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” In this article, we want to focus upon that last title given to the Christ. He is “The Prince of Peace.”
Peace is a wonderful thing. It is the absence of conflict, strife, and warfare. It is the presence of calmness, tranquility, and serenity. In peace, there is no trouble, no agitation, no fear, and no anxiety. The state of peace is welcomed by most. Those who do not have it, long for it deeply. Jesus came to bring such peace.
When Jesus was born into this world, there was an announcement of peace made by the angels of heaven to the shepherds abiding in the fields. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward man” (Luke 2:13-14). That little child the shepherds would find in the manger was God’s medium of peace for all mankind.
Throughout the ministry of Jesus, we find Him bringing peace to the lives
of men and women. On the stormy
During the course of His ministry, Jesus also taught various things so His disciples could have peace. In John 13-17, Jesus gathered with His apostles in an upper room to observe the Passover. Jesus took this time to bring peace to His followers about things soon to come. In John 14:27, He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” In that same discourse, He also spoke these words: “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Jesus’ ultimate goal was to go to the cross of
At this time, each one of us can have peace with God through the Lord
Jesus Christ. It is secured by
faithful obedience to His will.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ” (
Having seen the peace that is associated with Jesus, we can begin to better appreciate Him as “The Prince of Peace.” “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Col. 1:20).