Oh the bumper stickers,
the bumper stickers, the bumper stickers….! Where I live, many don these stickers…
displaying the portrait of Einstein; it’s just mind over matter?
picturing the clean globe: idyllic fantasy?
Make Love Not War…
a heart overlays the sixties peace sign; loving relationships bring harmony?
depicting all religions equalized; level the god status and all will be well?
…..and on it goes!
Spinning off a 1980’s popular song:
We are a people that persists in “looking for peace in all the wrong places. I have never met anyone who did not want peace….. In our relationships and our families; in our workplaces and our communities; in our government and our world.
I want it…don’t you?
We all want peace! And yet we stumble around not knowing exactly how to obtain it.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given….And he shall be called…Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
But, here it is. PEACE was born and it was given to us through the birth of a baby in the manger. Prophesied to be called the “Prince of Peace”, Jesus came to bring completeness and well-being to every person and all societies.
Following the birth of the baby Jesus, angels appeared to the shepherds saying:“Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
This PEACE that is proclaimed and that was prophesied is a peace that cannot be found anywhere or anyhow in the world. It is not a peace of aura or circumstance of agreement. The peace that was born as a child named Jesus is a peace that comes from God; a peace that touches the deepest part of the soul and was given as a gift.
It is long lasting.
It is deep.
It is found through faith in the SAVIOR, Jesus Christ.
“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27)
Jesus was speaking of the redemptive work that He was about to do on the cross. The Salvation He offers each of us — all people — all societies is well known from John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
THIS is the PEACE that the Prince of Peace offers.
It is an inner peace that exists beyond calm tranquility. It is PEACE that speaks to the spirit that enjoys fellowship with God. As we believe on Him, we are granted faith and are given a Peace that cannot be touched by the outer circumstances of this world.
The troubles of this world will always be….and we can never find peace from our own minds, our own deeds, the deeds of others, or the love of others. Peace will not come by tolerating all people and all gods.
Peace only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
We can endure all things in this world and we can simultaneously enjoy deep inner peace knowing we have Jesus and the promise of eternal life; one day we will enjoy perfect peace in heaven where the “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them” (Isaiah 11:6).
So, no matter what plagues us in this world…
Peace is within my reach. It is within your reach.
I have it — do you?
…my final thoughts on Isaiah 9 tomorrow