Summary: Sermon on the names of Jesus found in Isaiah 9:6
His Name Shall Be Called
“The Prince of Peace”
Isaiah 9:6 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.
Perhaps of all the things people think about though when the Christmas season roles around, peace is one of those most often mentioned. If you listen carefully you’ll hear many songs and sermons using this text to convey the idea that the birth of Jesus brought peace into the world.
I want peace don’t you? I would like to have peace on earth, good will toward men, wouldn’t you? I think most people would say; I would like to know the peace of God in my marriage. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience a marriage without strife or heartache? I would like to be at peace with my children. I would like to experience peace in my financial decisions. I would like to have peace of mind at the end of the day knowing that I have lived my life rightly and usefully that day. How about having peace in my thought life? James said, "Where do wars and fighting come from? Don’t they come from the lusts that war in your members?" In other words, our minds rage and war because of the lusts in them. Your mind wants one thing, and your body has a strong desire for it, but the Spirit of God tries to lead you in another direction, and because of the strong desire, there is warfare. I want the peace of God in those moments. We want peace for our churches. Our nation wants peace. The people in Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and Afghanistan would like some peace right about now. And we always hear about world peace.
In Isaiah 9:6, we find the prophecy, "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…The Prince of Peace." Jesus is that Prince of Peace.
With all this focus on the birth of Christ and peace at this time of year, I think it will be worth our time this morning to examine some truths concerning this title, the Prince of Peace.
I. The Royalty of His Person
a. His royal descent
Humanly speaking there is no doubt that Jesus is of royal descent. We have the advantage of being able to trace his ancestry through both his mother and fathers family tree in the Gospel of Matthew chapter one and Luke chapter three. Isaiah 9:7 states that “…of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David…” Jesus is a direct descendant of King David
b. His revelation
Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Matthew 27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Luke 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
c. His reign
1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.