13th April 2014

Prince of Peace 

“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”
Jude 2 (NIV UK)
 

Have you ever watched a Miss America Pageant? During the show, the host asks each contestant what they hope for. Almost every time contestants give the answer: “World peace.” It happens so often that this response has become a cliché. 

But, is world peace really such an unattainable idea? I’d like to say, “Without Christ, it’s not!” 

On Christmas day 1914, at the height of the First World War, British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and met in the middle of ‘no-man’s-land’. They exchanged gifts, sang carols and even played an impromptu soccer match. For a brief moment, this celebration of Christ’s incarnation brought enemies together. 

But that shouldn’t be surprising.  Isaiah wrote about this affect more than 700 years before the Christ’s birth in his most famous passage: “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, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV). 

Christ took on the form of man, was crucified and resurrected to bring humanity peace. The Prophet continues, telling us: “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7). 

Can you even imagine what “peace with no end” would look like? I think we have a hard time doing just that—especially when we look at the world around us. Every day we’re bombarded with news stories about civil wars, famine and disease. Add that to the stress we experience in our personal interactions at work and in our homes, and we start to see the world the way Jeremiah did so long ago: “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). 

But I want to look at what Christ told his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). 

During this Spring Festival season, as we move toward the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, I want personally to wish you: “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding…” (Philippians 4:7).

Prayer
Merciful Father, to live with your peace is to know a joy unobtainable to the world. We look forward to the day when all will experience this peace. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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