Jesus: 'Prince of Peace'
We finish this mini-series with a reflection upon Jesus, our Prince of Peace. We've seen that He is wise and a counsellor, He is almighty and powerful, He's everlasting and timeless; He's also the bringer of peace. He's the hope for true joy and contentment. Have a wonderful Christmas, enjoy the presents and celebrating His birth! Nadia x
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Imagine the stillness of white Christmas morning; crisp, fresh, yet warm by a blazing fire. Consider for a moment, something else that makes you feel totally peaceful.
We know that we aren’t living in a world where it’s easy to feel peaceful; life going at one hundred miles an hour, news bulletins flooding our social media, it’s hard to find something that puts us at rest. Maybe you did find something, but it was momentary and didn’t last too long.
What if peace was a person, as well as a feeling?
What if this ‘peace-person’ came to show us that there is greater love that casts out all fear, there is a hope for humanity, there is a possibility for us to know true joy and contentment.
This Christmas we’re celebrating the Prince of Peace. This is one of the many unique truths about the identity of Jesus. They’re not just parts of Him, or carried around by Him like a bag, or coat, or His shoes. Peace, alongside joy, might, power, strength, goodness – THIS is Jesus. THIS is exactly who he is. This is the person of peace; but not as we know it.
‘The peace I leave you; MY peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives.’ (John 14:27)
It is not the peace of a finished essay, going to bed knowing you don’t’ have to be up early, or a near-miss that leaves you feel relieved. No: this peace is both tranquilising and disruptive at the same time. This peace shatters the foundation of hatred and war and offers us the promise of hope. This peace rivals and conquers everything else that claims to be a peacemaker. There’s a reason he’s called Jesus, Prince of Peace!
His peace is brought by His life, and finalised at the Cross.
His crucifixion turned all hatred, war, brokenness, bitterness, and despair into peaceful ashes when he rose again; trusting in Jesus means living with a peace beyond understanding, and a hope for restoration of the Kingdom.
So, my Christmas wish is for us to celebrate, and enjoy this joy-giving peace. Let us celebrate the birth of Jesus, the birth of the end to suffering, and the birth of our ever-lasting and eternal peace.
‘His ruling authority will grow, and there will be no limits to the peace he brings.’ Isaiah 9:7
Hailing from London, Nadia is studying Theology in Durham at St Chad’s College, where she met Lucy as a fresher. Nadia plays for Durham University Hockey Club, and is also involved with Christian Union and Bethshan Church, Durham. She loves friends, food, and travelling the world.