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The Prince of Peace

Day 19

Today's Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

The fourth and final title given to the promised child of Isaiah 9:6 is “Prince of Peace.” This is good news: in a world of turmoil, wars, strife, division, enmity, hatred, hurt, pain, and sorrow, Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is the ruler whose reign brings peace in the hearts of all who trust in Him.

Earthly kings cannot be trusted to bring perfect righteousness, perfect justice, and perfect peace, but Jesus can. There is no king like Him. This Son, this child born to Joseph and Mary, is the Prince of Peace. And one day He will bring perfect peace to all who trust in Him. Revelation 21:5 paints a beautiful picture of this peace:

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’”

It almost seems too good to be true. But it is true. No more war with sin; no more sorrow in our hearts; no more hurt; no more pain; no more despair; no more strife; no more enmity between God and man. The Prince of Peace will bring all who trust in Him into perfect communion with God, and they will experience peace, joy, justice, and righteousness with Him forever.

PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE

Pray that God would bring peace to war-torn regions of the world and that the peoples who are affected by these wars would have an opportunity to hear about the redemption of the Prince of Peace.

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