The Prince of Peace
Isaiah 9:6-7 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. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Again, this week we are exploring another of the titles of Christ… The Prince of Peace. Isaiah was using this title because he was referencing something else from Scripture. Do you know where to find it?
Genisis 14:17-40 & Alma 10:11-14
Now this Melchisedec was a king over the land of Salem; and his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abominations; yea, they had all gone astray: they were full of all manner of wickedness; But Melchisedec having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood, according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchisedec did establish peace in the land in his days; Therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.
Melchisedec didn’t stop a war so why was he called the prince of peace? Is that what peace is about? The lack of war? What is the definition?
Peace: a state of tranquillity or quiet – the lack of war or conflict
The deeper meaning of peace (Hebrew style) – intactness, wholeness, well-being
Melchisedec brought the people to peace with God. He helped them come to a state of “intactness, wholeness, and well-being.” He stopped the war within themselves.
Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Does this mean that no fighting and having an easy life is what we can expect from the Gospel?
Luke 12:60-62 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, nay; but rather division. For from henceforth there shall be five in one house, divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
When you choose to follow Christ you are choosing the way to wholeness, intactness, well-being… “inner peace” as it were. You are not choosing and easy road, an easy life where there is no conflict. In fact Christ himself said that believing in Him would bring conflict. Maybe you learned that last week?
Matt 11:29-30 Then spake Jesus, saying, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
We have to take all the scriptures together. Does this mean our entire lives will be a piece of cake? That we won’t have a care in the world? Nope…
He tells us His yoke and burden are easy and light. But there is a burden to be borne… the cross.
Matthew 16:25-26 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments.
But wait didn’t we say earlier that Christ would bring peace and there would be no end to that peace? Are these scriptures contradicting each other?
Once the entire world confesses Him as Lord and yields to Him then the natural outcome of that will be peace. The only reason there is division is because someone isn’t listening to what He wants them to do…
So do you have turmoil in your life? You always will. There is only one constant in all of it only one thing you can control… you. How you react to your situation has a lot to do with the outcome and how it affects you. Problems don’t go away when you accept Christ, it just gives you new strength to deal with them.
- Look ahead to this week, any problems you see coming? Or right now? Do you have problems in your life? Turmoil?
- What part of the problem can you change? What is in your circle of influence?
- How much of this is caused by you not trusting Him?
- What can you do to give it to God?
- What about when you feel like you don’t have any more strength?
Romans 14:14-23 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, thou walkest not charitably if thou eatest. Therefore destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
Let not then your good be evil spoken of; For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offense. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is condemned if he eat, because it is not of faith; for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.