Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Prince of Peace

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.

Peace is one of the gifts of the Spirit, but if that is all that this means to us we have missed the point. Prince of Peace is a political term.

Politicians and presidents, emperors and kings are not princes of peace, but princes of war. Although the world is desperately searching for peace, they cannot bring peace. We will only have true peace, when the government of the world is on Jesus shoulders.

Christians understand that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, but often assume that he will not take up that role until the second coming. This is not true. When Jesus ascended into heaven he sat down at the right hand of the Father, so he is the Prince of Peace now. We could have peace in the world now, if the only the world would seek his Kingdom now.

you are King of Kings
and Lord of Lords
forever and ever.
Alleluia! Alleluluia!

We seem to prefer
presidents and prime ministers doing great harm
and Jesus in the cradle where he is harmless.

Will we keep Jesus in the manger,
or will we let him be King?

1 comment:

Steve Scott said...

He makes us to rule over His works and has put all things under our feet. We will be key in bringing about His kingdom. We need to agree with God a bit more on this point. Psalm 8.