One of the wonderful names of our Lord is Prince of Peace. And Jesus is the key to peace — whether it’s personal peace in your heart, domestic peace in your home, or eternal peace in heaven.
Approximately seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, Isaiah prophesied peace; the angels proclaimed peace after Jesus’ birth; and certainly there is a need for peace today.
But look around in the world. The news is full of anything but peace. That little place where Jesus was born, where the angels said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,” is ravaged by division, bombings, and terrorist acts. Places around the world are in turmoil.
And people’s hearts are in desperate need of peace. It seems like we are looking into the muzzle of a loaded cannon. Now, that brings the question: what happened to all of the peace that was spoken of?
1. While there is unrest all around the globe, there are other “wars” as well. Give some specific examples of the following areas that fill our lives with violence and unrest:
- division within our country _________
- attacks on Christianity ____________
- war against the family ____________
- domestic violence ________________
- other ___________________________
2. How does all of this make you feel?
Don’t give in to despair. This really is a “hope-full” lesson. Read on to see the hope that was promised, what happened to it, and if it will ever come to pass.
Peace Is Plainly Promised
3. Turn to Isaiah nine. What are the names listed in verse six in this prophecy of Jesus Christ?
Circle the last one.
4. What two things will never end according to verse seven?
5. Hebrews 6:18 says it is “impossible for God to lie.” How then do you explain that He promised peace, yet we do not have it?
Peace Was Purposefully Postponed
6. God has chosen to postpone peace on Earth. But why? Use the following Scriptures to help answer this question.
- Isaiah 53:3
- John 1:10-11
- Luke 17:25
God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, into the world as the Prince of Peace; but the world rejected and crucified Him. But look at the difference in the words of Micah 4:3-4, speaking of Jesus when He comes again.
7. How does this verse portray the Lord Jesus?
8. When Jesus comes again, there will certainly be peace. But until then, there will be wars and rumors of wars (see Matthew 24:6).
The only true hope for peace for the church, for the nation, and for the individual is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
9. How does the promise of future peace help you live in the present?
Peace May Be Personally Possessed
So is peace possible now? Not the way we think of it. But there is another kind of peace that you may possess now, and it is peace in your heart.
10. What does Romans 5:1 say?
11. Do you have peace with God?
(If not, why not discover a Love worth finding right now.)
Sin is warfare against God. Mankind declared war against the kingdom of heaven when Adam sinned. But the Lord Jesus Christ came, the Prince of Peace, to undo what Adam did and to reconcile God and man.
12. How does Colossians 1:20 say Jesus made peace?
You may have happiness. You may have so-called security. But there is no peace apart from the Prince of Peace.
13. Read and meditate on Philippians 4:7.
14. In what areas of your life do you need peace right now?
A Legacy of Peace
15. Did you know that Jesus Christ left you a legacy of peace? Read the following Scriptures to see what Jesus willed to others before He died.
- Luke 23:46 - To His Father He willed _______.
- John 19:26-27 - To John He willed ____________.
- John 19:38 - To Joseph of Arimathaea He willed ______.
- John 14:27 - To you and me He willed __________.
16. Do you have this peace that Jesus desired for you to have? If you would like to learn more, please see “How to Discover the Greatest Love Worth Finding” at lwf.org.
Our prayer for you this holiday season is that you might have peace with God and that you might know the peace of God. May you be blessed with peace from the Prince of Peace. May you be blessed with peace in your heart, peace in your home, and eternal peace in heaven. It is yours in Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
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