Thursday, December 8, 2016

Peace Has A Name

"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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,  Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Peace has a name and it's Jesus!

Isaiah called Jesus the "Prince of Peace" hundreds of years before He was born. And, indeed, that is what He became!

What does it mean that Jesus is the "Prince of Peace"?

How does He give peace?

What is the peace He gives?

First, it is peace with your past and peace from your past!

As Paul said to the Romans, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

The idea of sin Paul is referencing in this verse is that sin is a "missing the mark" of perfection and holiness Jesus demonstrated for us.

I have sinned and fallen short of the mark in my past. So have you.

I have done things I am sorry for and ashamed of. So have you.

I have been troubled over regrets of past sins. I'm sure you have too.

But then, I believed in Jesus and trusted Him to be my Savior. When I received Him as my Savior I received His forgiveness from my sinful past. Through the shedding of His blood on the cross Jesus atoned for my sins. On the cross Jesus took the guilt and of my sins upon Himself so that I could be forgiven and freed from my past!

There is a Prince of Peace Who frees me from my shameful past and His Name is Jesus!

Second, the Prince of Peace helps me win my struggles with sin in the present.

I don't know about you but for me sin and temptation can be a daily battle. When I face these battles I want to win them. I don't want to be overcome by sin and guilt. I don't want to have the spiritual peace I enjoy to be stolen by my sin.

Thankfully, there is a Prince of Peace Who helps strengthen me in my battles against sin! His Name is Jesus!

He can help you, too!

The Prince of Peace can give me peace with my past and peace in my present struggles, but third, He can give me a peace with my prospects!

Fears over the future can rob me of my peace. 

Have you ever worried about your future?

I have.

The best way I have found to calm my fears about my future is to focus on His many promises that assure He is in control of the circumstances that will shape my future. I can rest confidently that as He has been faithful in my past and helpful in my present He will keep me in peace about my future.

Peace has a name and it's Jesus. Jesus is the Prince of Peace!

The Prince of peace has given me peace with my past, peace with my present and peace regarding my prospects in the future!

Do you that peace?

Are you at peace with your past?

Are you enjoying peace presently?

Are you at peace with the prospects of your future?

Is the Prince of Peace your Savior?