The Prince of Peace

I remember today’s devotional writer as a really great, practical guy. Tom Constable would oversee Christian ministry assignments we were all required to do, especially internships. My pastoral internship over the summer of 1980 involved working with a notoriously cranky pastor. And I also needed to involve a lay-leader of the church as an advisor. The pastor wrote a rather negative review of my summer ministry (true to his character), whereas the lay-leader (who later became the pastor of that church) wrote a glowing report. Back in Dallas, Constable called me into his office for a final review and told me he had never seen such contradictory reports. Describing the situation on the ground at my internship church (very complicated after the tragic death of the former senior pastor), he just said, “Very good, let’s spend some time praying for this man and this church.”  Such a good guy … and here’s his devotional from 2011, still practical for today …

The Prince of Peace

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called … Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NASB).

2011 has been unusually chaotic—earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tornadoes, wars, revolutions, skyrocketing national debt, economic hard times, and widespread unemployment.

At the end of such a year, it’s especially comforting to remember that God promised to provide us with a Prince of Peace, a ruler who would epitomize peace and bring peace to our troubled world. Isaiah described this One as a Prince, a ruler under the authority of another, even God the Father. An outstanding mark of His rule would be peace. The Hebrew word translated “peace” is “shalom,” which means the fullness of well-being, freedom from anxiety, goodwill, and harmony in relationships—not just the absence of hostility. “Shalom” comes from a root meaning “to be whole or complete.” The Prince of Peace would Himself possess a perfectly integrated, well‑rounded personality, and be at peace with God and man.

When Jesus Christ came to this earth, He provided peace with God by bearing the sins of humankind and dying in our place (Romans 5:1). He made peace through the blood of His cross, and His self‑sacrifice reconciled all things to God—all creation, including people (Colossians 1:20).  When Christ returns to the earth, He will bring global peace, having done the work necessary to establish it when He died. Then the nations “will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war” (Isaiah 2:4). Having removed the cause of war—sin and enmity between God and man (Romans 5:11)—people will live in peace with God and with one another forever (Isaiah 9:7).

Peace has come and will come to us because a Child was born. We must go to Him to find peace. Come, Lord Jesus!

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed multiple hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and have been a sportswriter for various publications and online venues. My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with the Antietam Battlefield Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

2 thoughts on “The Prince of Peace

  1. I didn’t fully read the blog yet. However in the intro to the blog you quoted the blog writer as saying, “Very good, let’s spend some time praying for this man and this church.”

    Just curious. Was he suggesting praying for the cranky pastor, or was it the guy who later became a pastor that he suggested you and him pray for (perhaps because he was highly impressed by him)?

  2. Alright I read the entire blog. It must have seemed obvious that man prayed for was the cranky guy.

    2011 list of problems is rather tepid … almost not very alarming.

    Reminds me of something in the book of Jeremiah. “If you have run with men and grown weary how will you run with horses?”

    Why has God given me (over time) a rather extensive understanding of potential problems that could suddenly trap us … problems that make the concerns on the list almost innocuous and hardly worthy of concern?

    Potential problems facing this country and the world, make the situation described in the book of Lamentations look like a Sunday picnic in comparison. I don’t know when the trap will finally spring shut or how bad the problems will be. However we’ve neglected God for so long.

    Even the politics of Christians is too often concern for the most trite issues. It is to me as if the salt has lost its saltiness.

    Oh Lord help us … if you so desire. Help us to boldly do your will and live like you want.

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