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What a marvelous experience it is to feel the spirit of Christmas stirring in our souls! Memories of Christmas bring recollections of family, of gifts, and of service to others. They are rooted from the genuine reason for Christmas; that supreme and immovable gift from our Heavenly Father.

In Isaiah 9:6 it is written, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called. Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Despite this, imperfect people share the planet Earth with other imperfect people. Ours is a fallen world flawed by extreme debt, wars, natural disasters, disease, and death. Focusing on the Lord and everlasting life can help us through all the challenges of mortality.

Jesus was anointed by His Father to be the Savior of the world. The titles Messiah and Christ were His designated responsibilities as the anointed one. Under the direction of His Father, Jesus was Creator of this and other worlds. Jesus is our Advocate with the Father.

He was sent by His Father to fulfill the Atonement, the central act of all human history. Because of His Atonement, immortality became a reality for all, and eternal life became an opportunity for those who choose to follow Him. These objectives are the work and glory of Almighty God.

As our great Model, Jesus taught us how to live, to love, and to learn. He taught us how to pray, to forgive, and endure to the end.

He taught us how to care about others more than how we care about ourselves. He taught us about mercy and kindness—making real changes in our lives through His power. He taught us how to find peace of heart and mind. One day, we will stand before Him as our just Judge and merciful Master.

These sacred responsibilities of the Lord cause us to adore Him as our personal and perpetual Prince of Peace. We praise Him for our privilege as parents, grandparents, and teachers of children.

Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Philippians 4:7 reminds us that “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Since Jesus is the Prince of Peace we have:

1. Peace in Circumstances – Personal challenges come. A father may lose his job. A young mother may acquire a grave illness. A son or a daughter may have gone astray. Whatever may cause the worry, each of us longs to find inner peace.

We should remember that our real source of true and lasting peace is Jesus Christ—our Prince of Peace. Jesus was the promised Immanuel, the great I Am and Jehovah of Old Testament times.

In John 14:27 Jesus says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

And we are reminded in Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

We are presented with two circumstances:

a)    Circumstances you can control – When these happen, we should do our best in handling these circumstances.

b)   Circumstances you cannot control – Whenever we are faced with problems, which we cannot control, we must pray for the best.

2. Peace in Relationships – He can bring peace to those whose lives have been ravaged by war. Wars of our present era are more urbane but are still as wrenching to families. Those who so suffer can turn to the Lord. His is the consoling message of peace on earth and good will among men.

Let’s read these passages to be reminded of God’s unending offering of Peace in our relationships.

Colossians 3:13-15

…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

2 Corinthians 8:7

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

Grace also means…

G-od’s

R-edemption

A-t

C-hrist’s

E-xpense

To let Jesus be the Prince of Peace in your circumstances, rest in the sovereignty of God.  To let Jesus be the Prince of Peace in you relationships, walk in grace and forgiveness.

3. Peace in your soul – Peace can come to those who are not feeling well. Some bodies are wounded. Others ache spiritually because of missing loved ones or other emotional trauma. Brothers and sisters, peace can come to your soul as you build faith in the Prince of Peace.
Let us read these passages:

Romans 8:6-7

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

Ephesians 2:14

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

Sin separates us from our Holy God and Eternal Life because of our Sinful nature. But we should remember that is was God’s Purpose to give up His only begotten son as payment for our sins. Through Him, we were freed from Eternal Death.

Application:

When we have the Prince of Peace, we have peace amidst circumstances, with our relationships and in our soul.

So what should we do?

Trust is His sovereignty.

Be gracious and forgiving to others.

Accept God’s gift of salvation.