It is a well-loved verse at Christmas time, and rightly so for it expresses the marvelous roles of the long-awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ. Isaiah saw the coming of the Promised One, both as a Child and as a King. He saw Him as a Wonderful Counselor who would rule with perfect wisdom. He saw Him as the Mighty God, the Conqueror of evil. He saw Him as the Everlasting Father, the source of eternity. And He saw Him as the Prince of Peace, the Son who would reign in unending, unshakable peace.
Peace is the focus of our second week of Advent devotionals. God’s promise of peace is timely for our world today. We long for peace, we have Peace Talks and Peace Summits and Peace rallies, but we have no peace. Perhaps we are looking for peace in the wrong places. Peace in the world, peace in our nation, peace in our communities and families will only come when there is peace in our hearts. Not the ethereal kind of peace that our culture tries to sell, but peace that reaches down deeply into our very soul. That is only possible when we have peace with God.
And that is why the Prince of Peace came to this earth as a little Babe in the manger. He came to bring us peace, the kind that lasts for eternity, the peace that cannot be broken. Jesus Christ came that you and I might have peace with our Creator. He came to lay His body down as a bridge between us and God, ensuring peace in the most important place of all, our hearts.
Prince of Peace come and cast Your peace in our hearts this Christmas and for all eternity.