This last Sunday I listened to the preacher talk about Jesus being the Prince of Peace. Growing up and even until recently when I heard about Christ being the Prince of Peace I always attributed that to mean that he was going to cure the worry in our life. While this is partially true, Jesus being the Prince of Peace is actually pointing to a much bigger truth.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 ESV
See the problem in our lives is much bigger than worry. If you read through Romans 5 you see that mankind outside of Christ is in a hostile relationship with God. Because of sin we find ourselves on the opposite end of the table from God. Simply put we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10).
“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—” Romans 5:12 ESV
Outside Christ we are at odds with God, there is hostility, meaning there is no PEACE. So yes that is bad news, but i’m going to quickly give you the good news.
“..remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…” Ephesians 2:12-14 ESV
See the gospel isn’t that Jesus championed the uncertainties of life, rather he championed death, hell and the grave, ending hostility between us and God. He brought us peace, Jesus himself is our peace! The fact that he championed that peace between us and God only opens the door for us to receive God’s promises. And it’s those promises that we use to war against doubt and worry.
It is just as Pastor Lawrence said Sunday morning “Peace with God brings the peace of God!”
So this holiday season don’t cheapen Christ’s title as the Prince of Peace to mean that Christ has simply taken away your worry or doubt, because that is not why he has been bestowed that honor. We in the Church are often guilty of trying to “sell” the peace of God(God’s Promises) without peace with God(Salvation).
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 ESV
What comforts me in this life is knowing God did not hesitate to offer his son in order to bring peace between himself and man, so he will not hesitate to give us anything else we need. AMEN!