Despite the promises of peace made by kings and politicians throughout the ages, the kingdoms of this world are constantly at war. When Isaiah announced the promise of a coming Savior, he called Him the “Prince of Peace.” Seven hundred years later, when the angels announced the birth of Jesus, they declared, “peace on earth, good will toward men.” The Son of God was called the Prince of Peace and then the Son of God told His followers that if they wanted to be called “children of God,” they would be peacemakers. In part 4 of Let Earth Receive Her King, we will discuss the difference between the peace of the kingdoms of this world and the peace of Christ.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.Matthew 5:9
We look the most like our heavenly father and are the best reflections of Jesus Christ when we engage in making peace.
Two stages of Peace:
- With God – Romans 5:1
- With Others – 2 Cor. 5:18-21
Questions to ask yourself this Christmas:
- Where do you see a lack of peace?
- Are you willing to leave the comfort of your current condition to become a peacemaker in that conflict?
- Are you willing to sacrifice yourself in order to make peace?