The Prince of Peace

The Power of Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27 It’s interesting that the dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disturbance.” And while I love to imagine life without all forms of distraction, noise, and chaos, I realize that such a state of existence isn’t possible on a planet that’s marred by the effects of sin and brokenness. The reality is that the weight of the world is heavy, and it’s easy to become bogged down by the pain and trouble that surround us. Each of us has gone through a lot in the past twelve months, and we’ve seen things unfold that we never imagined we would. The global pandemic, loss of life and income, civil unrest, and a prolonged change to our daily

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The Prince of Peace

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 As an old man with a noticeably strong nation, King David’s plan was for his son Solomon to be the successor to his throne. However, another one of his sons named Adonijah, who was good looking and popular among the people, had a different idea. Wanting desperately to be king, he gathered a group of nobles and said, “What if we have a coronation ceremony for me now?” Without delay, he assembled his brothers and family — everyone except Solomon and King David — and had a secret meeting in which he was crowned. As the people celebrated, they shouted “Hail the king, Adonijah,” but David, though elderly and sickly, was

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The Prince of Peace

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord — and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.” – Isaiah 11:1-3 The Jewish people were anxiously looking forward to the arrival of their Messiah. While in the heat of oppression and constant war, they understood that when He came, He would save the world and turn the tide of history. In the midst of crying, “God, have you forgotten us?” and “God, why all this suffering and evil?”, there was prophetic voice saying that someday He would come and make things right! Perhaps no book did a better job of painting this picture than Isaiah, which is

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