For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (TLB)
“The Prince of Peace”? Have you listened to the news lately? Where is the peace this prince offered? Most of the Jews in Jesus’ day thought the same thing. Some of them thought Jesus was going to bring them peace by beating up the Romans and bringing peace to Jerusalem but then their hero, their king, died…some of his followers claimed he came back to life…but where was this peace he had promised?
Jesus talked of another kind of peace. “Eternal peace was within your reach and you turned it down,” he wept, “and now it is too late.” Luke 19:42 (TLB)
Eternal peace? What was Jesus talking about?
When you think of peace what comes to mind? My daughter recently came home from school with a camera…her assignment? “We’re supposed to take pictures of peace.” What photos would you take? A baby sleeping? A view of the snow covered mountains?
What about a picture of your heart, your mind, your soul?
Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
As we think about peace this week for Advent, pause to reflect on the peace Jesus brings…not the unrealistic, idyllic “perfect” Christmas setting that is “as the world gives” (on the outside), but the “peace that transcends all understanding” God’s peace (inside our souls)!
In gentler language there, the Lord
The counsels of his grace imparts;
Amidst the raging storm, his word
Speaks peace and courage to our hearts.
(Isaac Watts, The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts)
Prayer: “Lord, amidst this raging world of ours, bring your peace to our longing hearts.”
Contributed by Heather Armour