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Daily Reading: 29th December 2015

Isaiah 9.6 cont.

[6] For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

cont. from yesterday.

He is the Prince of Peace. No one can doubt that we live in a troubled world. I grew up in a world that was recovering from the ravages of the second world war. I remember seeing some of the bomb sites of places like London, Portsmouth, and Plymouth. There was the fear of a third world war breaking out, and how such a war would annihilate the human race. Even in the supposed peace there was a real fear of another war.

Peace is something that continues to elude the human race. Apparently there are over fifty conflicts taking place at this moment in time.

Then there is the constant threat of terrorism that threatens to invade our streets, destroying and killing civilians.

Peace between countries is often broken, peace in national politics is a rarity; industrial peace is often threatened by exploitation and or strikes. Peace in families is often sacrificed on the altar of pride and selfishness.

This world needs to know that a Saviour has been given to us by our Heavenly Father and He is the Prince of Peace. Jesus came to bring us peace, and it is a peace that the world is unable to provide.

Jesus said:

“I leave peace with you, My peace I give to you; I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not be agitated in your heart, neither be fearful.”

The world looks for peace in different ways. Sometimes it is a negotiated peace, or a peace brought about by totally defeating the enemy.

The Prince of Peace does not bring a negotiated peace between Heaven and earth. It is a peace that Jesus brings through His totally defeating the devil and all his demonic forces.

Paul wrote these words to the Colossians:

By Him (Jesus) God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of His blood on the cross – 1.19 (NLT).

And:

God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross of Christ – 2.15 (NLT).

As we approach the commencement of a new year let us all rededicate our lives to live in the peace that comes only from Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

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