The Prince of Peace

Did you ever wonder why Jesus, the Messiah, who could have written his own life story, came to us as he did?  He could have come as a mighty warrior and ruled over us with an iron fist.  Why did he choose to enter into time in such a lowly and broken way . . . in a stable under humble circumstances?

He came to bring good news to everyone and what better way than to come in the form of a tiny babe.  All can relate to him and find hope in his message of salvation.  The strong and the weak. . . The rich and poor.

Of all the names that that Isaiah ascribes to Jesus, Prince of Peace really rings out, especially today!  The name underscores his royal nature and belies his humble life story on earth.  Jesus had a redemptive mission to rescue and save his people from the darkness of evil.  His name means “God Save Us”.  Jesus confirms this title of “Prince of Peace”. . . “my peace I leave you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The heart of Christmas doesn’t lay in the “relentless commercialized happiness” that the season brings.  It lies deeper than that.  It lies in the “reason for the season.”

From the crèche to the cross the Prince of Peace had quite a “to do” list.  Here are a few items on his list: to bring glad tidings to the poor, to bring joy, to love us, to save and rescue us, to bring peace, to heal the brokenhearted, and the list goes on.

Which one speaks to your heart this Christmas of 2020??

Merry Christmas, Jeanne

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