Summary: The Bible tells us that Jesus would come and that He would be the Prince of Peace. I was looking at this title for Jesus the other day, and I wondered what it really meant. What does it mean to have Jesus called the ‘Prince of Peace’? Jesus must get th
PRINCE OF PEACE
INTRODUCTION... A Duke University Study
A group at Duke University did a study on “peace of mind.” Factors found to contribute
greatly to emotional and mental stability are:
1. The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.
2. Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.
3. Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.
4. Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.
5. Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.
6. Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues—love, humor, compassion and loyalty
7. Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.
8. Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test for measuring happiness.
READ ISAIAH 9:6-7
The Bible tells us that Jesus would come and that He would be the Prince of Peace. I was looking at this title for Jesus the other day, and I wondered what it really meant. What does it mean to have Jesus called the ‘Prince of Peace’? Jesus must get this title because of what He would do and did do while He was here on Earth. Jesus gets the title Prince of Peace because it defines who He is and what He can do for us. It is not just a title, but a description.
P- PARDONING OF SIN
The greatest thing that Jesus ever did to bring peace into our lives is to provide a way for our sins to be forgiven. The Bible states clearly that at one time we were all sinners at odds and enemies with God. There was no way for us to have a relationship with God because of our sin. The price of sin is high, it costs blood to wash away sins; that is why there are sacrifices in the Old Testament. But, God had a plan to offer salvation to all people. God had a plan to offer a clean slatre to anyone who would accept. He did that through Jesus on the Cross. Jesus made peace between us and God with His death. Jesus paid the price. Jesus pardoned our sin.
E- EVERLASTING PROMISES
ILLUSTRATION... Promises from God, Our Daily Bread, January 1, 1985
A promise from God is a statement we can depend on with absolute confidence. The Promises of God are never ending and never run out. Scripture is full of the Everlasting Promises of God: Here are 12 promises for the Christian to claim.
God’s presence— “I will never leave thee” (Heb. 13:5)
God’s protection—”I am thy shield” (Gen. 15:1)
God’s power—”I will strengthen thee” (Isa. 41:10)
God’s provision—”I will help thee” (Isa. 41:10)
God’s leading—”And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them” (John 10:4)
God’s purposes— “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil” (Jer. 20:11)
God’s rest—”Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28)
God’s cleansing— “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
God’s goodness— “No good thing will He withhold from them that work uprightly” (Psalm 84:11)
God’s faithfulness—”The Lord will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake” (1 Sam. 12:22)
God’s guidance—”The meek will He guide” (Psalm 25:9)
God’s wise plan—”All things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28)
These promises of God are fulfilled in Jesus. God made good on all Hos promises to
Abraham and David and the prophets when He sent Jesus. God makes good on these same promises each day with you and with me. Jesus provides these promises for us and gives us peace of mind and peace in our lives.
A- AGITATE OUR APATHY
I love this part of Jesus’ description because at first it does not sound like it fits. Matthew 10:34 records Jesus saying, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Huh? I have just talked about how Jesus is the Prince of Peace and now He is saying He brings the sword instead of peace!? What does Jesus mean? Jesus is explaining to His disciples that when He is in their lives, He will always be stirring them and urging them on towards holiness... no easy task. It requires us to take up our cross and follow Him (10:38). That doesn’t sound peaceful. I want you to know that the path to God and the path of Christianity is full of effort and sweat and tears. Many times peace to us is having God leave us alone. Many times peace to us is being allowed to just sit in the pews and do nothing. But that is not why Jesus came. Jesus came to agitate our apathy. Jesus came to point the way to holiness. Jesus came to show us how to live and for us to follow after Him. It is not a complacent faith that Jesus wants from us but an active faith. By commanding us to active faith, Jesus sets us on the path of ultimate peace with God.