A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6 (CEV)
This is what I learned in my devotions today: the Hebrew word for prince is sar, which indicates a leader or captain. The word for peace is shalom, meaning completeness.
Jesus is our Prince (sar). He rules over us and leads us; He’s the one in charge. But He’s more than just our captain–He’s our Friend and our Redeemer. He doesn’t view Himself as better than us (though He is) or treat us like servants (though we should be serving Him).
And He’s not just any prince–no, He’s the Prince of Peace (shalom). He stilled the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and He can still storms in our lives. He speaks peace to our hearts even when everything’s falling apart around us. He fills us up when we’re empty, comforts us when we’re sad, strengthens us when we’re weak, and so much more. He makes us complete, whole.
The devotional brought out that Jesus came to lead us to a place where we could be made whole; He came to reconcile us to God, to quiet our fears, to fill us with everlasting peace.
I know there are times when there seems to be no peace whatsoever. Nothing’s going right, the storm is raging, you feel lost in the darkness. All around the world, people fight and hurt and kill and do wrong and mock God/turn away from Him. You might look around and cry, “How? How can there be peace?”
That’s how there can be peace. As mentioned above, He came to give us peace (more accurately to save us, but peace comes with that).
He is our Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom.