PRINCE OF PEACE by Pastor Paul Locke for 23/09/2016

Messiah was heralded by the Prophet Isaiah announcing that the Messiah was to be a ruler over an eternal kingdom and called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)  Christ is the name given by the Jews as the Messiah and revealed by Apostle Peter who said, “God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)

Peace is the reward offered for those who actively seek it and is not merely elimination of enmity but a Spiritual righteousness in Christ for all men.  This goodwill was announced by angels to the Shepherds watching their sheep by night. (Lk 2:14)  Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.” (Jhn 14:27)  Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians “The peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Php 4:7)

Prince is a title given to denote a leader usually subordinate to an overlord and exalted as a head who exercises dominion.  The overlord of Jesus is God our Heavenly Father, but for the Prince of Persia he was subordinate to Satan the King of Persia. (Dan 10:13)  Jesus is described as “ruler of kings of the earth” (Rev 1:5) and the Author of Life.  Jesus is described as the Word of God that through him all things were created. (Jhn 1:1-3)   

Disciples were greeted by Jesus who said, “Peace be with you.” (Lk 24:36)  Believers commended by Apostle Paul that because they were a new creation they should do good to all. (Gal 6:15-16)  We are to make the most of every opportunity to proclaim the mystery of Christ with wisdom and grace so that we may know how to answer everyone. (Col 4:3-6)  Be right and fair in all things because we know we have a Master in heaven.

Doxology is an encouraging last word spoken over believers to receive the blessing of love, joy, peace, grace.   May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (IThes 5:23-24)   Finally Apostle Paul writes to the Thessalonians, “Now may the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.” (2Thes 3:16)


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