Peace is what our souls, and this world longs for. Since the beginning—since our fall from grace—humanity has been out of relationship with God. Some seek to minimize the significance of this, but it is not a trivial matter. Romans 5:10 notes that as a result of the fall (Genesis 3-4), humanity became an enemy of God. Colossians 1:21 notes that because of our sin, we were alienated from God.
Isaiah 9 and John 1 notes that this breach in relationship cast a great shadow on a once bright world. A debt was owed, but could not be paid. In Isaiah 9:1, the words gloom and despair are used to describe humanity’s state. The situation was desperate—but God had a plan.
The prophet Isaiah notes that Gods plan was to send a child, a Son. He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and die as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of all people (Isaiah 53:4-5). The mission of this One who would come is expressed in His titles: He would be a Savior (Luke 2:11), a Redeemer (Isaiah 47:4) and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Through His sacrificial death and resurrection (I Corinthians 15:4) the Prince of Peace would make it possible for a sinful humanity to once again be in right relationship with (at peace with) a holy God (Romans 5:1). This is the foundation of the Gospel message, and it is indeed, “Good news.” This is why the angel who announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds said:
“…behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy [a response to the fact that the Prince of Peace had come], which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour [a notation of what the Prince of Peace do—save humanity from their sin] which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10b-11 (KJV)
Over the centuries there have been a number of peace treaties and seasons of peace. One of the most striking is the unplanned and unauthorized Christmas Eve/Christmas Day peace along the Western Front in the early months of WWI. This amazing moment of peace (which some say involved 100,000 troops) was incredible, but temporary, and pales in comparison to the superior peace the Prince of Peace offers to humanity (Philippians 4:7). Take time today to thank Jesus, the Prince of Peace, for making it possible to be at peace with God, and experience the peace of God.
Noted below is a 12 minute devotional noting how good it is that the Prince of Peace has come. The devotional includes a brief inspirational video profile of the now famous 1914 Christmas Eve/Christmas Day truce.