“Government” is on everyone’s minds these days. In Old Testament prophecy, we read that a child is born to us, upon whose shoulders the government of God will rest. We know His name to be “Jesus” and among other proclamations, He is the “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).
Now, unlike the honorary or government titles humans grant to one another, the names of God are perfectly descriptive; they are genuine, and they are eternal. So, what is it about Jesus that makes Him the Prince of Peace?
Jesus, the Man, Didn’t Come to Bring Peace
Philippians the second chapter says that Jesus emptied Himself by voluntarily stepping down from His heavenly position to take on the form of a man. But was it His humility that brought peace? I don’t believe so. Did quiet teaching and a winning smile make Him the Prince of Peace? No, not according to His words.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34 NASB).
In fact, He ministered peace by the authority with which He taught. There was no question in the hearers’ minds that Jesus spoke on behalf of God.
“When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matthew 7:28-29 NASB).
Jesus, the Christ, Establishes Peace
The government of God is the key to Jesus’ role as the Prince of Peace. Elect who you will, but the governments of the earth will never create peace. Standing before Pilate, Jesus proclaimed, “My kingdom is not of this world,” (John 18:36 NASB). Christians serve a higher kingdom, a government which rests solidly on Jesus’ shoulders. In the presence of Christ, there is no political tomfoolery. His authority settles everything. Under His rule, there is finally peace. In the very truest sense, He is the Prince of Peace.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15 NASB).
We Need the Prince of Peace Today
Our nation is about to choose a leader for the coming four years. As citizens of a free country, we have a responsibility to vote. Unfortunately, our choices for President are, at best, disappointing and uncomfortable. If we permit, the political emotion that surrounds us can rob us of the peace of God. We dare not be deceived to put our hopes in the integrity of a man or woman; with either outcome of the vote, we’ll be sorely disappointed. Our victory is that the morning after the election, Jesus Christ will still be on the throne.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 NASB).
We must be careful to let the Prince of Peace guard our minds in these coming days. Government? There is only one lasting government, and Jesus is its King!