Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

Jesus, Prince of Peace

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).
Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, is the only true “Prince of Peace” the world has ever known or will ever know. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the announcement was made to “shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night,” in these marvelous words: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).
We are living in troubled times today. Men continue to be engaged in wars and fightings constantly. This pandemic has many living in fear. Protesting, looting and destroying is on the increase. One of the desires of all is for peace. Jesus came into the world to bring peace. But an examination of other reliable translations make it clear that this peace will not come to all men, but only those with whom He is “well pleased.” “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased” (ASV). Only the obedient and faithful shall know the blessedness of that peace which only the Lord can give.
In John chapters 14-16 we have recorded Jesus’ conversation with His apostles showing them the necessity of His going away, but assuring them that they would not be left alone: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7). Among many things He promised these men was peace: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 NKJV). He again reminds them as this conversation closes, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” ( John 16:33).
Later in Paul’s letter to the Romans he tells us, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). Christians are even promised, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). But just as “all spiritual blessings” are found only in Christ (Eph. 1:3), this “peace which surpasses all understanding” is promised to those who are in Him “through Christ Jesus.”
Sadly, the rebellious majority of mankind shall continue to travel in the broad way that leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13). Therefore, the peace which the Lord gives is a glorious inner peace that has no relation whatever to any turbulence or pandemic on earth. It comes from a oneness with God that securely rests in the confidence that no matter what may happen to one's person, his health, his property, his country, his family, or anything else, he can still be at peace with God through this Prince of Peace, and in the words of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amen!

Paul M. Wilmoth