I find it so interesting that of all the major and minor prophets in the Old Testament the Lord would choose to prophecy with the most detail the birth of Jesus Christ and His calling through the prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah was a prophet for 50 years from about 740 BC to 690 BC, and wouldn’t you know it but Isaiah’s name in Hebrew means, “ the Lord saves.” You have to wonder if that was part of His choosing Isaiah as the prophet, especially when you consider the prophecy in Isaiah 7: 14 when Isaiah states, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.” Tying the two names together could allow us to speculate why the Lord chose to speak through the prophet Isaiah.
In any case, let’s further examine the prophetic word of the birth of Jesus Christ which is found in Isaiah 9:6, “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 Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
With our world dealing with the pandemic just before the Christmas season many of us such as the grieving, those suffering with the virus, our incredible health care providers, those suffering with mental health issues, those who believe this is a conspiracy and many other groups who are facing a variation of issues desperately need peace, so let’s focus on the “Prince of Peace” and how that name can affect our peace.
We can all at different times experience external peace such as parents at the end of the day taking time when the children are settled in for the evening, or, the boss being in a good mood on a given day, and the list goes on and on, and we all know the personal events or moments that we experience that external peace.
With this Christmas season upon us, it is a good time to reflect on our internal peace — the peace that is in our heart. We need to consider our Peace of God, our Peace with God, our Peace with ourselves, our Peace with others, and our Peace with our past. For this Christmas we need to consider Isaiah’s prophetic word regarding the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
He is the one when we invite Him into our heart who offers us the Peace of God, the Peace with God, the Peace with ourselves, and others. He truly is the reason for the season and the Christ of Christmas.
As we make Him Lord of our lives during this global pandemic we need to recognize the words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John, “Peace I leave with you; my Peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”
How timely are the words from the Prince of Peace for us this Christmas.
— John Grady, Fort St. John
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