The Power of Peace
Raise your hand if you watched “Christmas with The Chosen.” Hands going up all over cyberspace! Was it not wonderful? We saw it in the theater and then we watched it again this past Sunday. I especially liked the Names of God segments. Lara Silva, the actress who plays Eden in The Chosen, had the Name Jehovah Shalom – the monologue was powerful, I only wish I could remember every word she said.
One of the points though was this: the prophetic world had been quiet for over 400 years – complete silence, those of faith hanging on to every last thread of hope. The words of Malachi, the last of the minor prophets, written on scrolls was their promise Messiah would come.
And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, He is coming,”
Says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3.1
The Prince of Peace
Isaiah, one of the major prophets, prophesied:
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9.6-7
I like to consider – the more God governs me, the more peace I will know!
We Need His Peace
When we consider the 400 years of prophetic silence – I cannot help but consider the two thousand years of waiting. We are waiting for the Prince of Peace to appear again – to rescue us from a dark and evil world.
The difference between the 400 and the 2,000 years is we have experienced His salvation and His presence and thus, we await Him with Great Hope.
His Peace Is Our Hope
Micah, another of the minor prophets had this to say,
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
3 Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.
4 And He shall stand and feed His flock
In the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God;
And they shall abide,
For now He shall be great
To the ends of the earth;
5 And this One shall be peace. Micah 5.2-5
Peace, A Resonating Theme
Peace in the Old Testament is now a reality to those who have put their whole trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our Peace. He is our Prince of Peace. Our Giver of Hope. Our Source of Joy. Our Wonderful. Our Counselor. Our Mighty God.
He alone is the reason we can lie down in peace and arise in peace.
Let Peace be our anthem this Advent season and let us carry it with us into the new year.
Susan, these words resonate especially after the past year we’ve experienced. Your thoughts are similar to my piece concerning the Prince of Peace.
I don’t think I’ve been more impressed with our time of waiting until this Advent season. I even compared it to the faithful in the Old Testament as they waited just as you did. As we wait with Hope and Encouragement, we wait with anticipation of Christ’s second coming.
Janis, in a sense our waiting is another Advent, amen?
Peggy H Occhiuzzo says
Thank you. I love you my Sestra.
This is profound.
Profound? HIS PEACE is profound!
Amy Jung says
I love the thought that the more God governs me, the more peace I will know. I agree and have found this to be true!
After much trial and error – so have I!!!!
Joanne Viola says
This year in particular I am thinking about the darkness and the silence quite a bit. The more I let God’s Word reign in my heart, the more I am finding His peace in my thoughts. Wonderful post, Susan.
He wants us to have peace – the kind that surpasses all human understanding. Thanks, Jo.
Susan, Peace truly is our hope. The peace we have with God as a result of Christ’s coming and the peace of God we possess for any trial. What an amazing gift!
It is the most amazing of gifts.
Susan, I so appreciated your words here. I love the Chosen tv series. Thank you for this lovely message. Blessings.
Thanks Paula! Did you see the Christmas special?
Paula Short says
Yes I did. Phenomenal ❤️
Michele Morin says
Thanks so much for the reminder of Eden’s monologue. I kept wondering if they had a teleprompter or if they had actually memorized those excellent words.
Wasn’t it wonderful? I want to find the entire monologue.
As the She Reads Truth podcasts hosts say, “We are between two advents.” I really have not compared before the idea of waiting 400 years and waiting 2,000. So glad we have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to lift up our hope during the waiting.