PRINCE OF PEACE
Is. 9:6 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.
This is one of the most well known and beloved titles of our Lord. Isaiah describes His ministry and His attributes in this amazing prophetic word. It is easy for us to take for granted these powerful words because they are so well known by most of us. But what exactly is Isaiah saying when He declares this supernatural Son will be called the Prince of Peace. He has already made it abundantly clear that this messiah was much more than a political leader. He would be born of a virgin and called “God with us”. He would be declared to be supernatural in His birth, His life, and in His death. Now, Isaiah declares that He is also the Prince of Peace. The peace that The Lord is talking about is not just freedom from war and strife in this life but a spiritual peace that reaches to the soul. Check John Calvin’s thoughts on this verse.
“The Prince of Peace. This is the last title, and the Prophet declares by it that the coming of Christ will be the cause of full and perfect happiness, or, at least, of calm and blessed safety. In the Hebrew language peace often signifies prosperity, for of all blessings not one is better or more desirable than peace. The general meaning is, that all who submit to the dominion of Christ will lead a quiet and blessed life in obedience to him. Hence it follows that life, without this King, is restless and miserable.
But we must also take into consideration the nature of this peace. It is the same with that of the kingdom, for it resides chiefly in the consciences; otherwise we must be engaged in incessant conflicts and liable to daily attacks. Not only, therefore, does he promise outward peace, but that peace by which we return to a state of favor with God, who were formerly at enmity with him. Justified by faith, says Paul, we have peace with God. (Romans 5:1.) Now, when Christ shall have brought composure to our minds, the same spiritual peace will hold the highest place in our hearts, (Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15,) so that we will patiently endure every kind of adversity, and from the same fountain will likewise flow outward prosperity, which is nothing else than the effect of the blessing of God.”
This Prince of Peace gives us His peace in every arena of life. We first have peace with God because of the sacrifice of our Savior. This brings peace into our very soul; our sins are forgiven, we are finally at peace with God, it is well with our soul. This brings us to the final arena of peace. Jesus said that in the world we would have tribulation but be of good courage, He had overcome the world. There is a peace that comes from above, it transcends this life and prepares us for the life to come.