“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us…And he will be called…
Prince of Peace
…His government and its peace will never end.”
Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT
Years ago I heard Joyce Meyers tell about a time she went shopping and had trouble finding her car. After wandering the parking lot a kind gentleman asked if he could help her. They walked and walked the parking lot. When exasperated, she remembered that she driven their other car to the mall! Now that’s looking for the wrong thing!
The unrecognized Jesus as the Prince of Peace
Countless Israelites recognized Jesus as the Prince of Peace when he came as that “child born to us”, but sadly too many were blind to the truth that Jesus was their promised redeemer because they were looking for the wrong messiah. Many Jewish people are still looking for a military and political leader1, but I believe the messiah was prophesied as one who would come to bring peace in a different way than they are hoping for.
Like the Israelites, we often look for Christ’s “government” and “peace” to change our circumstances, but He wants to change our hearts. We want God to deal with the sin in our world, but He wants to deal with the sin in our lives. The redemption God cares about happens within our hearts. The peace He desires to bring will come as a result of our restored relationship with the Father through all Christ accomplished on the cross.
We can sit and judge Israeli people as looking for the wrong messiah, but could we be doing the same thing? Do we ever spend all our prayer time asking God to change our circumstances? This Christmas let Jesus be the Prince of Peace over your heart through relationship with Him and it will affect how you view your circumstances.
Father…I pray that you would help me to see the truth of who You are and why You sent Your Son. I’m overwhelmed to think that the God of the Universe desires to be in relationship with me. Jesus, I thank You for coming as a child to be MY Prince of Peace! In Jesus Name…Amen
1 Judaism 101 website. https://www.jewfaq.org/mashiach.htm
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It’s all about our hearts .. Excellent post for thinking about Christmas … Hope all is well with you . We are excited about the 40 day challenge . Merry Christmas ..I look forwards in getting to know you more in the new year. Sharon Breitkreuz!
Sharon, I’m so glad God has connected our paths! Excited for your church to start their http://www.takethe40DayChallenge.com with us in January! We know God had our lives intersect for a greater purpose! It will be amazing to see all God has in store for the next two months! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!