“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” [Isaiah 9:6]
Prince of Peace.
Who is this promised child?
What is this kingdom of peace?
In the original Hebrew text, the word peace is often associated with the word “shalom”. If we dig a little deeper, we find that shalom translates most truly to wholeness. “In the Hebraic way of thinking, wholeness is the joining together of opposites” [Rabbi D. Zaslow].
What a most beautiful way to describe the character of our saving Prince.
His kingdom is creating wholeness, and joining together opposites.
Us and God.
Misfits and the King.
Darkness and the Light.
Our Jesus broke into history and brought the ultimate peace for our souls.
WHOLENESS in our relationship with God - with ourselves - with others.
But His peace was not just a one time event.
Deep, everlasting peace is not found in a place or a moment.
Jesus IS our peace.
As we abide in Him, He ushers in peace to our present pain and struggle.
He makes wholeness out of our brokenness.
His peace here and now gives us the ability to walk out into the darkness - a beloved child of the King - and carry the message of reconciliation to the world around us.
How often we feel that we lack peace in our lives. The worldly wearing and tearing on our minds and bodies often leaves us with little rest. Rather, fear and anxiety tend to be the rulers of our hearts.
But Jesus promises a way to be whole.
“For He Himself is our peace” [Ephesians 2:14]
Let His peace work into your soul.
Abide in Him.
Experience His wholeness.
Let His truth replay in your mind.
“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” [Isaiah 54:10]
Written By: Amy Hawkins