The Prince of Peace

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, December 20, 2018


“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

The Pax Romana (Latin for “Roman Peace”) was a 206 years period (27 BC to AD 180) of relative peace and stability experienced by the Roman Empire. During that period, the Roman Empire grew in size and territory, and its population reached a maximum of 70 million people – a third of the world’s population at that time. Before the Pax Romana there had never been peace for so many centuries in a given period of history.

The Pax Romana offered relative peace. The Roman Empire did not hesitate to crush any city-state that rejected Roman occupation. Whereas, there were no major wars during the Pax Romana, fighting continued in Hispania and in the Alps, as these city-states refused to be pacified by the Romans.

Jesus came into the world as the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 prophesied that “His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace.” How can a baby born to a poor teenage girl from a poor family have such an unprecedented reputation? He was the incarnate Christ – God made flesh to reconcile humanity with its creator.

When Jesus was born, there was no peace on earth. Herod ordered the death of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, to make sure the baby Jesus is killed. In Matthew 10:34, Jesus said “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Yet, he is proclaimed to be the Prince of Peace.

Before the incarnation of Christ, humanity was living in a state of spiritual conflict with itself and with its creator. Romans 5:10 says “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Only the incarnate Christ could have given us peace with the Father by his sacrificial death. His blood washed away our sins and restored us to our rightful place as co-heirs of the kingdom of God.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Unlike the Romans, the peace that Jesus offers is everlasting. Thus in John 14:27 we read, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

The peace of Jesus will not prevent us from suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune. But it will give us the strength to endure and hope when sorrows like the sea billows roll. It is because of the Prince of Peace that we can come boldly before the throne of God’s grace with our petitions, trusting the Holy Spirit will intercede for us in our times of need.

The Peace of Jesus gives us serenity in our soul even when we are threatened with death and destruction. It is said the U.S. and Russia have enough nuclear bombs to destroy the earth many times over. Yet we go about our business day after day because we know “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Thank God for the Prince of Peace!

Prayer- Father, we thank you for your peace that passes all understanding. May we learn to abide in your peace as we trust your unfailing love!

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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