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The Prince of Peace is Jesus Christ

who is the leader of peace and offers it to others!

Sadly, every year, we witness the world in more turmoil and unrest. "The Personnel Journal reported this incredible statistic: since the beginning of recorded history, the entire world has been at peace less than eight percent of the time! In its study, the periodical discovered that of 3,530 years of recorded history, only 286 years saw peace. Moreover, in excess of 8,000 peace treaties were made - and broken." —Today In The Word, MBI

Maybe you ask, "Why?" Only God in His Word gives us the answer by making the solemn pronouncement to all men: "And the way of peace have they not known" (Romans 3:17). The Scriptures tell us the source from which this unrest and lack of peace came. There was an atmosphere of peacefulness and restfulness when God placed man in the Garden of Eden.

In 1 Corinthians 14:33, we read, "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..." By man, sin came in when Adam and Eve, by the influence of Satan, disobeyed the command of God and became unrighteous and lost God's peace. "There is no peace, says the Lord, unto the wicked" (Isaiah 48:22, 57:21). We sometimes wonder why peace treaties do not last long. It is because sin is involved in peace treaties.

In Isaiah 9:6, of the Old Testament, one of the names given prophetically to our Lord is "Prince of Peace." The Prince of Peace is the One who is the leader of peace and offers it to others. In the New Testament, the same person is the Child that was born in Bethlehem, the Son of God who brought "on earth peace" (Luke 2:14). He also is the "Lord of peace" (2 Thessalonians 3:16) and the "King of peace" (Hebrews 7:2). His sacrificial death on the cross has provided a way for all men, women, boys, and girls to be eternally set free from sin. This is because, through sin, they had lost their personal relationship and peace with God.

God now provides one way, and the only way for man to regain peace with Him. This way is through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ as we read in Colossians 1:20: "And having made peace through the blood of His cross..." Therefore, the sin, sorrow, breakdown, and distance from God have been dealt with, to God's complete satisfaction, through the precious blood of Christ. Through the death and resurrection of Christ, Satan has been utterly defeated, and the day will arrive when he is banished to the lake of fire forever.

God commands us to seek peace. "Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14). In Matthew 5:9, we read, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." We should make every attempt to do what leads to peace, according to Romans 14:19. As believers in Christ we have a responsibility to "let the peace of God rule" in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). This means we have to choose either to trust God's promises or to rely on ourselves and reject the peace He offers. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid..." (John 14:27). "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). According to Galatians 5:22, peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, so we will experience His peace if we allow the Spirit of God to rule in our lives.

What is at the top of your wish list this year? Do you secretly yearn for inner peace, because life is beginning to stress you out? This is a gift that money cannot buy, and friends cannot provide. The gift of true peace can only be provided by the Lord. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and He has not filled your heart with peace, I have good news for you! Jesus desires to give you a peace that the world can never provide. Reach out to the Lord. Ask Him to reign in your heart. Put Jesus in charge and let Him bear your worries. Let the Prince of Peace bring you a present you will never want to exchange. The peace of God is different from comfort, joy, and rest. While comfort, joy, and rest may decline, your peace will still flow like a river.

"O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river..." (Isaiah 48:18).

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The problem is that the world wants peace

without the Prince of Peace.

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by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.

MUSIC CLIPS

When Peace Like A River (Female Solo)

When Peace Like A River (Harp Music)

He Gives Me Peace (Female Solo)

There Is Peace (Choirs)

Peace Be Still (Male Solo)

Thou Wilt Keep Him In Perfect Peace (Male Duet)

VIDEO

Messiah, For unto us a child is born (London Symphony Orchestra)

The Meaning of Christmas

A Savior is born

GOD

the greatest Lover

SO LOVED

the greatest degree

THE WORLD

the greatest number

THAT HE GAVE

the greatest act

HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON

the greatest Gift

THAT WHOSOEVER

the greatest invitation

BELIEVETH

the greatest simplicity

IN HIM

the greatest Person

SHOULD NOT PERISH

the greatest deliverance

BUT

the greatest difference

HAVE

the greatest certainty

EVERLASTING LIFE