Advent 2021: Peace


One of names given in Old Testament prophecy to the coming Messiah is Prince of Peace. On this, the fourth Sunday of Advent, we examine this important aspect of God’s nature.

For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And He will be called: “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace.” His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of His father David. He will bring true justice and peace to all the nations of the world. This is going to happen because the Lord of heaven’s armies has dedicated himself to it! Isaiah 9:6-7 Adapted / TLB

Jesus is the one and only Prince of Peace – unlike any the world has seen or known. It’s unfathomable to think of the baby born in Bethlehem as the ‘Kingdom come’ ruler who will bring true justice and peace to ALL the nations of the world. But we know this to be so.

Today we light the fourth Advent candle to symbolize peace, and as our expression of our thanks to God for sending Jesus, the Prince of Peace. We thank God for those in our world today who seek to act for Biblical peace. Help us to be emissaries of the Prince of Peace in our daily lives, at home, at church, and in our work. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Jesus makes us a promise of peace. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 TLB

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hears and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

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