Today is Christmas morning and, as usual, I’m up early and reflecting on the wonder of Christmas—a day set aside to celebrate the miracle of Jesus. This year, in the midst of a tumultuous world, I celebrate the beautiful promise about our Messiah, the Prince of Peace.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would also have this attribute and be known as the Prince of Peace, our Jehovah-Shalom.
In the Old Testament, God is called Jehovah-Shalom, which means The Lord is Peace. This was the name of the altar built by Gideon to memorialize God’s message of peace (Judges 6:24). There is something special about the many names of God, as each one reveals another aspect of His character. Jehovah-Shalom was used so His people could be confident that the Lord would bring them peace.
Over 400 years before Christ was born, the prophet Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would also have this attribute and be known as the Prince of Peace, our Jehovah-Shalom. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
In the midst of all of our troubles, God is faithful and brings us peace.
Isn’t that beautiful? There is so much to fear in our world. However, Jesus is—and always will be—the Prince of Peace, so that we can rest in the assurance of the peace that He alone provides.
Because of Jesus, we can have peace:
When our hearts are broken.
When in despair.
Today, on this Christmas morning, I remind you of the words that Jesus comforted us with:
“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).
Juli Camarin & JCBlog.net