We are now to the letter "P" regarding the alphabetical names of Jesus, and today we will be addressing the Prince of Peace. I am briefly going to address "Prince", but will expound more fully on the word "PEACE". With the great stresses of the times we are living in, we need to understand the "peace" that is offered to us, through Jesus Christ, our Prince of Peace. We'll begin by looking at a scripture verse most of us our familiar with ... one that describes many names and functions of our wonderful Lord Jesus:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6 KJV).
I'll address a few of the meanings of Prince, according to the origional Greek (from the Strong's Concordance):
Prince; captain; chief; ruler; governor; keeper; principal; general; lord; leader; official; commander; head; overseer; Ruler of rulers.
Now, let's take a look at what "PEACE" means (I think you're going to find this to be quite a blessing):
Peace, according to the Strong's Concordance means:
Peace; well; peaceably; welfare; prosperity; safe; health; peaceable; completeness; soundness; quiet; tranquillity; contentment; friendship, and peace with God, especially in convenant relationship.
Oh my, does all of the above ever say alot about some mighty awesome promises of our wonderful and faithful Lord. Let's expound on this:
If we have truly allowed Jesus to be so, by allowing Him "lordship" over our lives, He then is our captain, our general, our leader, head of our lives, and overseer over all that concerns us, etc..
So often we, His children, are fearful in allowing Him full access to our lives, where being our Lord is concerned. Yet, if we could fully understand His promises to us, in allowing Him to be our Lord, we would discover the wellness and wholeness He intends for each of us. Let's look at this "PEACE", and see just what our Prince of Peace desires for us:
As Prince (or ruler) over us, we open our lives to receive such wonderful blessings such as the PEACE Jesus offers to us. In fact, that promise of peace to us, is a part of what He went to the Cross for. Let's look further.
Belonging to Jesus according to His word, offers this both to and in our lives:
Peace, true peace. Inner peace in the midst of even the greatest of storms. Because we trust this One ... this Prince of Peace in our lives, we have an inner assurance that He is in control, and will bring to pass, the very best in, and for our lives. Let's turn to Jeremiah, and see what the Lord has to say about this:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.(Jere 29:11 KJV).
Here's the same verse in the Amplified Bible:
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome (Jere 29:11 Amplified Bible).
Jesus is our well being, He is our place of safety, our tranquility. In the American Heritage Dictionary, the word "tranquillity" leads to the word "serene". This is what "serene" means: Unaffected by disturbance; calm and unruffled. Once again, even in the greatest of storms, this Prince of Peace (Jesus) will keep us serene and in peace (again, "if" we will allow Him to do so). The choice is ours.
His peace in our lives, will keep us "sound", meaning: unshakable, thorough, complete,unbroken, undisturbed, free from moral defect, upright, levelheaded., content and complete (taken from American Heritage Dictionary). His peace will bring quietness to our lives. "Quietness" from the American Heritage Dictionary means: Calm and unmoving; still. Free of turmoil and agitation; untroubled, restful; soothing. We will also find ourselves to be content, as we walk in His peace. Content from the American Heritagae Dictionary means: Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied. This is so, because you'll find your contentment in "HIM", and not in the things and/or circumstances taking place in your life. "HE" is and will be your contentment.
Such promises are here for us to reach out and take. He desires that we continually walk in such a precious and wonderful state of peace (His peace), however, as I mentioned earlier, we must allow Him such liberty in our lives. What keeps us from knowing Him as Prince of Peace, is the fears we allow to rule in our lives. Those very fears reveal a lack of trust in Christ's provisions on our behalf. As we trust Him, and believe that He means only good for us, we will enter into His peace, the very peace that passes all understanding.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27 KJV).
The same verse from the Amplified Bible:
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 Amplified Bible).
And one last verse:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7 KJV).
Again, from the Amplified Bible:
And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7 Amplified Bible).
Let's talk to God about this:
Father, we come to You, in the most awesome name of Jesus, that name which is above "every" name. We thank You for the promise of Your peace, through the very Prince of Peace, Jesus. We ask Lord that You would help each and every one of us to place our life in Your care and in Your keeping, and that Lord, we would truly trust You in all areas of our lives. We ask Lord that You impart to us the very peace that is promised to us, according to Your word. We ask that our trust toward You would be complete, and that we would completely trust You. Work in our hearts Lord. Change what needs to be changed within us, that we would experience the stillness of the rest You both promise and extend to us. With thanksgiving, we pray in Jesus name, Amen!
Be still and know that He is God, and be greatly blessed this day! In His love ... Marcia