“The Prince of Peace” is probably the most attractive of all the Lord’s names. Peace, unfortunately, is on of the most elusive treasures known to man. The world is filled with discord, bitterness, hatred, malice, resentment, and war. Instead of living together in harmony, nations invent and use weapons by which millions of innocent people perish. It has become the desire of every God-loving man and woman that somehow, some day, there will be a world in which suffering will be unknown. It is impossible to reach that goal without the assistance of the Prince of Peace. That is the most important lesson mankind needs to learn.
The sweetest note of the Christmas message comes from Isaiah’s announcement of the coming Messiah. He tells us, “For unto 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, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Les us direct our attention to the fifth name: His name is Prince of Peace.
Above all the hatred of a war-torn world the Christmas anthem “Peace on earth” goes out into the world to tell people that the only way to establish peace with God and peace with our conscience is to come to Christ and to believe that he has effectually and forever removed the discord that exists between the holiness of God and the unholiness of mankind.
The only way we can have peace is to understand that Christ, by His incarnation, by the poverty and suffering to which He has the Lord of lords and King of kings subjected Himself, satisfied the claims of divine justice and offers to us the benefits of that consequential peace treaty between heaven and earth that has been signed and sealed by His book.
We have a wonderful privilege of the Prince of Peace we can offer – in His name, by His command, and with His promise- the surpassing gift of our heart filled with this inner, spiritual peace of God that He alone gives to those who receive Him as Lord and Savior.