“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NIV
Yesterday was the Advent Sunday of Peace. Our Advent journey continues. We draw ever nearer to the celebration of the birth – that moment when God took on flesh and moved into the neighborhood.
Advent is a time of waiting. A time of thoughtful preparation. This week, we contemplate peace – what it means, why we need it, how God desires it for us and what God requires of us that we might be peace-makers.
Jesus is named in ancient prophecies as the Prince of Peace. He is the one whose leadership, whose example, whose words and deeds we can look to, if we sincerely want to learn to be peace makers.
Jesus gave up a perfect existence in heaven, to put on frail human skin, to be limited in a time and a place, to ultimately be beaten, humiliated, crucified. Because in this way – in choosing our salvation over his comfort, our need over his right, our freedom over his own – peace was made between humanity and God.
Peace isn’t easy. It demands that we die to ourselves. That we choose the way of the Prince of Peace. That we give up all the things we might feel entitled to, in order to give someone else what they need.
But peace is worth it.
As our Advent journey continues, may you know the Prince of Peace chose to die in your place. May you see Him with clear eyes and a clear heart. And may you find ways to BE him to those around you.