Summary: One day Christ, the Prince of Peace, will bring peace to this earth, and today he can give you peace with God and the peace of God.
To us a child is born, to us a son is given... And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. On the night of His birth, the angels announced that peace was coming to the earth.
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:10-14).
One of mankind’s greatest desires is to experience “peace on earth”:
• President John F. Kennedy declared, “...peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all our people. I believe we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.” Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. He died without seeing the goal of world peace accomplished.
• Guitarist Jimi Hendrix said, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will finally know peace.” Hendrix overdosed on sleeping pills and died on September 18, 1970. He died without the world finding peace through love.
• Musician John Lennon stated, “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” This year, Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the song “Give Peace a Chance” sold at auction for $833,654. The song says, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” It became the anthem of the anti-war movement in the seventies. Another song by Lennon says, “Imagine all the people living in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” Lennon was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980. He died without experiencing the peace he had imagined would come to earth.
I don’t need to tell you that “peace on earth” is still rare today:
• There is fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
• There is genocide in Africa.
• There is terrorism in the Middle East.
• There is violence in our neighborhoods.
• There is discord in Parliament.
• There is conflict in our homes.
• There is anxiety in our hearts.
You might feel like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow when he wrote,
And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
WILL THERE EVER BE “PEACE ON EARTH”?
One of the most shocking statement Jesus ever made is found in Luke 12:51: “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division” (cf. Matthew 10:34). The human race is divided because of the coming of Jesus into the world. Some choose to trust in Him; others choose to reject Him.