Nothing is more important in a person than their character. I am going to take the next few weeks to look at the names – and the character – of Jesus. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, our Prince of Peace, our King. Knowing who He is deepens our relationship with Him.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He has come to bring peace to our lives – peace with God, peace in our hearts, and peace with each other. Jesus taught that He had come to bring peace – but not as the world gave (John 14:27). The false peace of the world often includes covering up what is wrong. Jesus speaks truth and often brings conflict – for the sake of true peace (Matt 10:34).
Christ gives us peace with God (Col 1:20). We are reconciled with the Father through the death and resurrection of Jesus (2 Cor 5:19). This peace with God leads to peace with ourselves – not running away from what we have done wrong but turning to face our faults and find forgiveness. It takes time to look really deep inside and see the parts of your soul that have turned dark. With God’s forgiveness, we have permission to look inside honestly, and find peace.
Unfortunately, most people have not done this soul work; it is hard, often messy, and takes time. Most people are ignorant of their own faults and see the problems of life coming from the faults of others. Thus there is very little peace with others. We are so busy, so frustrated, so empty. The road home starts with God’s peace, hearing His voice, slowing down for time with Him and real introspection.
Here is the great thing: God’s peace is stronger than the world’s war. Yes, the world crucified Jesus but He rose again. His love is stronger than any hate. Jesus is calling, with an invitation for our restless hearts to experience His everlasting peace. He is the Prince of Peace; it is His character. His love changes our character.
Have you truly experienced His peace? Are you experiencing it today? If not, take some time with your Savior. Hear His voice. Nothing is more important.