Peace is probably not the first word that comes to mind when you think of Jesus, but it should be. There are few words in the Bible that are used in conjunction with Jesus more than peace.
Consider all of the references in the Bible that connect Jesus with peace:
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace.
The Gospel is called the Gospel of Peace.
Through Jesus we can have peace with God.
Through Jesus we can have the peace of God.
When Jesus returns, He will bring peace to the earth.
When Jesus was born the Angels spoke of peace for mankind.
Jesus will rule in peace and His peace will never end.
Jesus said that He gives us His peace, which is different from the world’s peace
Jesus offers a peace that passes all understanding.
Jesus spoke peace to the storm and it was quieted.
These are only just some of the references to peace we find in the Bible that identify Jesus as the source of peace.
It is interesting then, however, that nothing we know in reference to the life of Jesus was very peaceful. Initially, His delivery in a stable to the virgin Mary could not have been a very peaceful experience. Then, the horrors of the infanticide ordered by King Herod to slaughter all male babies under the age of two during the time of Jesus’ birth was as far from peace as you can get. Even as a man, Jesus was constantly harassed, opposed, misunderstood, and threatened as He was at odds with both, the religious and political authorities of His day. And then, He died a horrific, brutal death.
And yet, He is still called the, “Prince of Peace”.
This seemingly contradictory title makes sense, however, when you consider the sacrificial nature of the incarnation. Jesus did not come to a place of peace, He came to a place that needed peace. Jesus did not come to find or have peace, but to bring peace. Jesus did not come for his own peace, but for our peace.
The fact that our world is fallen, marked by chaos rather than shalom, is the very reason He came to earth. The Prince of Peace became human flesh because there was an absence of peace in the world of human flesh. Jesus was righteous, then took our sin upon Himself so we could become righteous. He endured the horror of peacelessness so we could receive peace.
Regardless of our circumstances, Jesus brings peace, peace with God and the peace of God in our lives. This provision is the gift from the Prince of Peace, found only in the Prince of Peace.
Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and Life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!