Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Journey to Gratefulness Day 3: Prince of Peace

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace {Isaiah 9:6 NASB}.

Peace is one of the most sought-after conditions in this, our chaotic world. But are we seeking the right peace? There is peace that the world gives; which is futile. It is a peace that keeps you hungry and thirsty.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful {Jn. 14:27 NASB}.

The peace the world gives is concerned with only the body and time.[1]The peace that Christ gives are to enrich the soul; it is more valuable than anything the world has to offer. Christ is the Prince of Peace. He is the only one who can give lasting peace. It is one of the promises of His Messiahship; it was a sign that the babe born in Bethlehem was the promised Christ.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men {Luke 2:12-14 NASB}.

Ten things I am grateful for today:

1. The Peace the only Christ can give.

2. The Peace that is promised us for eternity when Christ—the Prince of Peace returns.

3. God Almighty, who is Faithful and True. He promised the Messiah and fulfilled that promise.

4. Thankful that God loved us so much, that He sent His Son to redeem us and reconcile us to the Father.

5. Thankful for the Christmas Story, to bring us Peace and joy each year.

6. Thankful for the Word that portrays the events of the birth of Christ.

7. Mary and Joseph who obeyed God, even when they faced horrific circumstances, to be an example for me when I face tough situations.

8. Thankful for the Incarnation; God became man and walked among us.

9. Thankful for the spiritual blessings that I don’t deserve, but am graced with regardless.

10. Thankful that I serve the Holy, beautiful, Wonderful, Great I AM. 

Christmas means that, through the Grace of God and the incarnation, peace with God is available; and if you make peace with God, then you can go out and make peace with everybody else. Tim Keller

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[1] Leslie Church, ed., Matthew Henry’s Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1960), 1593.

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