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What Child Is This?

 He Is the Prince of Peace

Text: Isaiah 9:6

Key Concepts:

  • What Child is this?
  • The conditions for peace
  • Biblical perspective of peace

God’s assurance of a savior came to Israel while they were experiencing a very difficult time in their history. He promised them light to dispel their spiritual and moral darkness. Although, this promise of hope and restoration was fulfilled, unfortunately the people rejected it. Indeed, the light came to this world of darkness but people continue to choose their darkness over the light because of unbelief. The promise is fulfilled when “unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given” (Is. 9:6, NKJV). This child is no other than the son of Mary, the Immanuel, born in a Manger at Bethlehem, worshipped by the shepherds. How can this child be the light of the world, the savior and redeemer of humanity? Isaiah described the prophesied child, “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6, NKJV). No other that ever lived can bear these appellations. These titles reveal the identity, attributes, the roles and offices of the Child born in the Manger. 

What Child is this?

Conceived miraculously but born naturally, the promised Child is the Prince of Peace. This title points to His earthly ministry from the Manger to the Cross, to His resurrection and His future return. He is God wrapped in humanity. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6, NKJV). This prophesy speaks of the reign, authority and the kingdom of Christ for He will bear the responsibility of divine government. In the context of Holy Scripture, ‘prince’ refers to one’s royal lineage, and their ruling power. The title also speaks of the preeminence of the one named as a power.  In the New Testament, the word ‘prince’ is used to refer to a leader, a provider, one who has the power to do his will and keep his promises. From a biblical perspective, the Prince of Peace is the King who will assure the peace of His people. Christ, by His own power, procured and secured the peace of His people with God the Father. He is also the one who is the Mediator of that peace.

The conditions for peace

Throughout the history of the world, peace has been acknowledged as a most worthy commodity. Peace is necessary for relationship between nations, communities and individuals. It is essential between family members. Peace is crucial to one’s welfare. Without peace there is violence, discord, quarrel, restlessness, turmoil and danger. The lack of peace destroys the quality of life. Peace has tremendous material, financial, physical and emotional consequences for us all.  As important as peace is to our lives, it is nearly impossible to achieve and maintain it in the world we live. Sadly, even when our environment is at peace, some of us may have a war raging within. Without inner peace, it is not possible to have peace around us.  Peace is difficult to achieve and maintain because it is not cheap. After a miscarriage of justice, often people will demand peace and justice by using means that are not peaceful nor just in themselves. However misguided and misused the slogan, “no justice, no peace”, there is some truth to it. Indeed, there is no peace without justice. The justice that the slogan is advocating for is about fairness in the legal system, it is about equality under the law of the land. It is a legitimate outcry that requires that certain conditions be met. The problem with the slogan is that it demands justice apart from morality and integrity. Indeed, people brandish their justice slogan while electing immoral men who are contemptuous of justice. “But peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people” (JFK, 1963). However, President Kennedy underestimated the corruption of man’s heart. For as long as the heart of man is corrupt, there will not be the kind of peace we need. Only by embracing the Prince of Peace can we know the kind of “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7, ESV). Otherwise, the world will never know true lasting peace.

Biblical perspective of peace

The Bible consistently teaches us that we find peace as a result of seeking the righteousness of God. Pursuing peace without addressing the problematic condition of the heart of men leaves one bereaved and frustrated. Righteousness refers to conformity to the moral standard of God. It is the ethical dimension of the holiness of God. Peace then is the result of abiding in God’s righteousness. One must bow to the Prince of Peace in order to experience true peace, for, He is the manifestation of the righteousness of God. “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever” (Is. 32:17, NKJV). “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18, ESV). Peace is a byproduct of righteousness. By embracing God’s ethical standards, we find peace everlasting. However, “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked” (Is. 48:22, NKJV). The first problem we have as humanity is not having peace with God because we have chosen darkness over light and thus rejected the righteousness of God (See Is. 59:8). Christ came to reconcile us with God and enable us to satisfy the demands of His righteousness. As Prince of Peace, Jesus offered us God’s righteousness so that He could give us His peace (2 Cor. 5: 18-19). No man could ever satisfied the righteousness of God apart from Christ, not even those who had God’s law could do this. Only a sinless man could ever fulfill God’s righteousness. Only Christ qualified as a sinless man who could bear the sin of His people and satisfy the wrath of God. Indeed, “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5, NKJV). “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1, NKJV).

In conclusion…

Do you know the Prince of Peace? Do you have peace with God? Unless the righteousness of God is embraced, there will remain division, hatred, discrimination and wickedness. There will always be groups fighting one another. Those who have been reconciled to God cannot be divided by camps. Christians are not only at peace with God but with one another (Eph. 2: 14-18). We are one people. We serve and proclaim God’s kingdom.  We must never agree nor embrace the unrighteousness of the world. Without the righteousness of God, there will be anarchy. There can be no harmony where sin reigns. When we have peace within, we can have peace with each other and consequently live in harmony, though there is chaos outside. The Prince of Peace grants us peace in our conscience and when we sin against God, the Holy Spirit produces contrition in us and brings us to repentance. And when we ask for forgiveness, we are restored to our communion with Him. The Prince of Peace will return and His righteousness will prevail. There will be everlasting peace in His kingdom. While we await His coming, you can enter into His kingdom of peace by acknowledging and repenting of your own unrighteousness.  May He grant you His peace.

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