Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace

7 June 2011

"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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."- Isaiah 9:6

As we look around us we find the world in great turmoil. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, disease, fighting, wars, uprisings, and strife fill the news-rooms. Nations are at war with nations, drugs are rampant, sexual promiscuity has become accepted, and in our own country there are great divisions. Not only in politics, but even the core principals that our country was founded upon are being challenged on every hand. I guess we could call it global chaos! Some have asked me if I think the world is coming to an end. All I can answer is that I do not know, but I do know who is in control.

Christians, must ask the question, "Is it possible for God's people to find peace when there is chaos all around us." I believe that we can answer with an emphatic "Yes". That is, if we are looking to the right source...if our focus is upon Jesus Christ.

I must admit that in my own experience, when I lose my peace, it is because I have lost my fellowship with Jesus Christ. I have sought my joy in something else. You would think I would know better by now. But I find myself drifting and it takes a great effort to stay on track, to keep Christ as the center of my life. If He is the Prince of Peace then I must know that I have lost His fellowship when I have lost my peace.

The world has many attractions. Some of them are not sinful. Yet, if Christians think these things can replace Jesus Christ for their source of joy and peace they will find themselves coming up with heartaches every time. That is Satan's ploy. To make us think we can be happy without our loving Savior.

Now, I am not saying that everyone will be happy all the time. No, there is a difference between peace, and happy. I realize the world will have us to think they are one in the same. But they are not. I know of many people who are doing things to make themselves happy, and are happy while they are dong them, but have little or no peace in their hearts.

We find many of God's people, who have suffered at the hands of the world, who have enjoyed great peace, even as they were being injured by the enemies of Christ. Stephen, when he was stoned by the enemies of Jesus Christ died a peaceful death looking upon our Lord as he drew his last breath. Yet, I have known of many who lived in mirth in this world who have died bitter and fearful deaths.

If the world is coming to an end I find peace in knowing that we will then be with Jesus, world without end. Surely, this is one of the greatest comforts of the Saints of God, to contemplate heaven. What wonderful blessings will be found there! To be with Jesus; with the angelic host; with the patriarchs of old; with the redeemed host of God; with every heir of grace.

When we are young, we might look upon glory with disdain, hoping to have a few more years down here to enjoy. As we mature, we find the glitter of this world to diminish. Though there is nothing wrong with enjoying our blessings while we are here, we long more and more to be with Jesus. Surely, this is what Jesus was talking about when He said, "These things I have 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