Posted by: morgan1965 | December 22, 2017

Jesus Is The Prince Of Peace

On the fourth Sunday in Advent, we light the candle of Peace. Already, we have lighted the candles of Hope, Love, Joy, and now, Peace. We have breathed the blessing of hope. We have experienced the peace of God’s love. We have entered into the joy of Christ’s salvation. Now, we ponder God’s peace. “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

In these present days, we are witnessing a variety issues, including violence and war. This is the Advent Season, however, and we are expecting Jesus. Little wonder that some folk are concerned about the presence of Jesus in the midst of a world that always seems to be turned upside down.

What, then, is the meaning of the statement that Jesus is the Prince of Peace? Isaiah provides an answer:

“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)

Consider the words of the Prince of Peace, Jesus. He said: “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) Jesus, therefore, is not talking about the absence of war and violence as peace. Jesus is talking about spiritual peace.

As we approach Christmas Day, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of external preparations. The candle of Peace, however, summons us to pause and drink from the fountain of peace, God’s spiritual peace.

Charles A. Tindley in his hymn, “Nothing Between My Soul and the Savior,” declared in the chorus:

“Nothing between my soul and the Savior,

So that His blessed face may be seen;

Nothing preventing the least of His favor,

Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.”

So, in silence, let us go to God in prayer, remembering the words of Mother Teresa: “The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.”

Horatio Spafford came to understand God’s peace as expressed in his hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.”

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well with my soul.”

This hymn was written in the midst of a personal tragedy. Spafford found peace, not in his own strength, but in the awesome love of God as manifested in Jesus of Nazareth.

Think About it, and  light the candle of PEACE!

 

 

 

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