Names of Jesus: Prince of Peace

Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)

With one word, Jesus commanded peace over nature. Only the Prince of Peace could do that. And only Jesus can create peace in our hearts.

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”
(John 14:27)

Our world is filled with fear, hate, lust, greed, war, and utter despair. Surely the second coming of Jesus Christ is the only hope of replacing these features with trust, love, universal peace, and prosperity. For it the world wittingly or inadvertently waits. – Billy Graham

Paul writes it so eloquently in his letter to the Colossians:

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together.
He is also the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have
first place in everything.
For God was pleased to have
all His fullness dwell in Him,
and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself
by making peace
through the blood of His cross—
whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:15-20)

May you know the everlasting and true peace of Jesus Christ this Christmas.

31 Days of the Christmas Story from Genesis to John: Day 17 – fulfillment of the prophecies

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The anticipation builds in the story being told by Luke. Clearly many people were curious about what had happened and the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies.  A child was to come from the tribe of Judah, town of Bethlehem, through the line of David, a messenger would prepare the way, and he would have eternal existence.  While we wait for the celebration of the birth of Christ in a few days, let’s look back at many of the prophecies that were beginning to take place.

“Daughter Zion, shout for joy and be glad, for I am coming to dwell among you”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day and become My people. I will dwell among you, and you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent Me to you. The Lord will take possession of Judah as His portion in the Holy Land, and He will once again choose Jerusalem. Let all people be silent before the Lord, for He is coming from His holy dwelling.” – Zecharia 2:10-13

By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
In Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined. – Isaiah 9:1-2

His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end. – Isaiah 9:6-7

The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you;
He is righteous and victorious,
humble and riding on a donkey. – Zecharia 9:9

I pray that you will call out to the only one known who can heal our inward pain, give us peace among a chaotic world, and will be with us for eternity. 

* Merry Christmas *

31 Days of the Christmas Story from Genesis to John: Day 20 – Caesar sends a decree

rome_statue_of_augustusIn those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. – Luke 2:1-3

Caesar Augustus (Octavius) was heir to Julius Caesar, who died in 44 BC. Octavius defeated Marc Antony in the famous Roman battle in 30 BC and became Rome’s first emperor. He was given the title Augustus.

At this particular time, from 30 BC to AD, the Roman empire extended further than ever before or since. Rome dominated the world.  Daniel’s prophecy for the 3rd of the 4 major kingdoms had taken place with Rome. The final major kingdom was to be a kingdom with no end.  There was also universal peace in the land.  It was the perfect time for Caesar to order his people to be registered so he could have a record, and a perfect time for the Messiah to be born – the Prince of Peace and Kingdom with no end.

I pray that you will seek the true Peace on Earth this Christmas, Jesus Christ, who came as a Savior for the entire world. For anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

* Merry Christmas *