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Friday, December 9, 2022

Prince Of Peace

"Prince Of Peace"

Note: This week we complete a five part series based on Isaiah 9:6, considering one the great Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.

Message summary: Among the titles
prophetically spoken of the Messiah "Prince of Peace" is included. It's quite unlikely that we will experience "peace for our time" on earth in the political sense, not until Christ returns. However as individual followers of Christ we can have "peace for our time". The peace that Jesus brings has several dimensions that are presently available to the believer.

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"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

We enjoy stepping out at night in our country setting to enjoy the peace and quiet offered to us in our little spot on this terrestrial ball.

However lately we have been hearing gunshots at night, something we never hear. It had been distressing to Ester and she wanted me to do something about it. It's hunting season and not unusual to have hunters down by Donegal Creek but you are not allowed to hunt at night. I thought it might be some distant neighbor just shooting, sort of like fireworks.

Well, I finally got my answer from John, an old-timer neighbor who watches our dogs when we travel. Last spring many of our local chicken houses were impacted by the Avian flu. The huge house (Kreider Farms) a little over 1/2 mile west of us lost their entire flock (1.4 million hens).* The Avian flu is thought to be spread by other wild birds passing by. Well, it turns out the loud shots we've been hearing are some type of deterrence effort in keeping the passing birds from stopping! Now gun shot sounds have become just a slight, but understandable nuisance.

But for many people all around the world the sound of gunshots is a reminder that "There is no peace on earth", to borrow a phrase from "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day", a poem written by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Consider living in places like Ukraine or so many other places of war and strife all around the world or in many American cities, like Chicago. Gunfire in this case is evidence of war, strife and violence. This type of gunfire is certainly not peaceful.

Mankind has been pursuing peace since practically the beginning. In the late sixties John Lennon wrote, “All we are saying is give peace a chance". "Peace for our time" was a pipe dream declaration made by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain just before WW2 began. During WWI President Woodrow Wilson, announced with a hopeful tone, “This is a war to end all wars". (Actually he made the saying famous, but he was not the first one who used it. The British futurist writer and social commentator H.G. Wells invented the phrase.)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote in 1863 during the darkest days of the Civil War and in his own personal life these candid words of utter despair:

And in despair I bowed my head
"There is no peace on Earth," I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on Earth, good will to men

Here we are at the end of 2022 and there is still war and strife all over the world.

Zechariah 1:11 states, "We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace". What an outstanding prophetical statement. It concerns a time of absolute peace. I am unaware of when this will be. But it sure isn't now!

Prince of PeaceThe final title that the Messiah was prophetically given in Isaiah 9, is the "Prince of Peace". It's most unlikely that we will have "peace for our time" on earth in the political sense until Christ returns. However as individual followers of Christ we can have peace within our own hearts.

The peace that Jesus brings has several dimensions that are presently available:

1. Peace with God (reconciliation) "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Bible commentator Harry Ironside summarizes the justified man or woman's peace: "Peace, as used in Romans 5:1, is not a state of mind or heart. It is a prevailing condition between two who were once alienated. Sin had disturbed the perfect relations of Creator and creature. A breach occurred that man could not mend. But peace has been made by the blood of Christ's cross. There is no longer a barrier. Peace with God is now the abiding state into which every believer enters. The sin question is settled."

2. Peace with each other (relational) "Live in harmony with one another" "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:16a,18).  I believe this speaks of the local sphere in our lives, relational peace within our family, friends and church.

3. Peace within (spiritual/emotional) "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). Peace in this context is a state without anxiety and worry about how and when our needs will be supplied. This peace is the result of going to Him and confidently committing everything into His trustworthy hands.

However there is no promise that in this present age there will be world peace in the geopolitical sense. In fact Jesus forthrightly declared in Matthew 24 that there will be wars and rumors of wars; nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. He said, "Such things must happen". That may not be very encouraging, but the Bible does promise a future time of peace in this sense when the Lord returns.

In the meantime, as followers of Christ, we should seek to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). As far as it depends on us we are to live at peace with all men (Romans 12:18). But even as we live among these and future days of growing tribulation may our hearts be filled with peace, peace that comes not from our surroundings or only when things are going well, but the peace that flows from within through the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God. Jesus reassures us with these words, "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" (John 14:27).

Longfellow ended the song with a marvelous epiphany of hope:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, knowing that Jesus is the Prince of Peace I pray for His peace to fall upon our land. We pray that many will turn to You today and accept the wonderful reconciliation You freely offer. That is the first step to all other types of peace. We pray for relational peace among our countries, families, and churches. We pray for inward, emotional peace, especially for our brothers and sisters affected by these wars. We pray for those suffering loss from recent brutal attacks in war torn countries or crime ridden areas. We look forward to that time spoken of when the whole world will be at rest and in peace. But until that hour we serve You faithfully as we seek to be peacemakers for our own spiritual well-being and for Your glorious kingdom. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"  Video  Casting Crowns  (For many years this has been our favorite version of the song.)

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

Sight and Sound is well known in our area (and also Branson, MO) for their huge Biblical-themed live theatrical presentations. This year they produced a movie based on "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day".

It is now being screened at theaters all over the US so if you're interested you may find it in your area. We hope to see it soon and have heard it is outstanding. Ester saw it this week and really enjoyed it. It was filmed right here in Lancaster County at many sights we often visit, including Strasburg Railroad not far from the Old Windmill farm.

Longfellow lived in the Boston area where we also lived in the 90's.

Video Review: “I Heard the Bells” Is Ringing Out RESOUNDING HOPE And REKINDLED FAITH During The Christmas Season!

"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"   Video   Rachel Day Hughes  (song from movie)

Google map of Kreider Farms chicken house in relation to our home.

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