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.