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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Read Matthew 5: 1-12 The Beatitudes.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace…he tells us that he gives us his peace.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid. (NIV)
When Jesus describes his peace he tells us that it is not like the peace as the world sees it or gives it. So what is the peace that Jesus is giving us? How do we get it?
I was having a discussion about this with a friend of mine. We were discussing that there are blessings from God that only come from obedience to his will. It was not a discussion saying that a person cannot be blessed by God while in a state of disobedience…as we are told in Matthew 5:44-47 “it rains on the righteous and unrighteous.” (rain is a blessing that makes things grow as indicated in this particular verse.)
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same?…
The point is that some of the blessings of God such as Jesus’ peace that he is telling us about in John 14. Salvation comes when you give your heart to Jesus Christ, peace comes through obedience.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you are on the “outs” with another person, or you have done something that is not quite in line with what God says is the right way to go on a matter, that your sense of peace and contentment are destroyed? …well, God isn’t just telling us to be obedient because he wants to spoil our fun. He gives us guidelines for how to treat others, and how to treat ourselves so that we can have peace of mind and peace of heart, satisfaction in relationships, and life…so that we can be closer to him and hear his voice more easily.
When Jesus speaks of his peace and he says he is not giving it as the “world gives it”…think about how the world gives? There is a reason that we have a saying that “there is no free lunch”…Jesus’ peace is a peace where nothing is held over you…it is not at some weighty cost to yourself that you get this peace. This is a peace like no other.
The world’s peace is usually just a ceasing of hostility…true peace can only come through loving the other person. That is how Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” because Jesus actually loved everyone…no matter who they were, what they were like, what they did to him, no matter what their sin….Jesus loved them all. He still loves us all in the same way. (Jesus even loved Judas Iscariot…even while he was betraying him…he still loved him!)
The ultimate freedom for humanity is in the form of Jesus’ peace….once you know how to love others no matter what they are like to you, or to others, short, tall, fat, slim, smart, dumb, nice, mean, red or green, etc. love them all and have Jesus’ peace through your obedience. That is loving Jesus…being obedient to him. (John 14:15)
In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us “blessed are the peacemakers…” Be the ultimate peacemaker…love others and obey God…then have peace in your heart, mind and soul!