How many of you are like me, and feel that peace is long-overdue for you this year?
I’ve been studying what that looks like in Scripture (because I believe that God will always have the best answer to questions like this) and was just 🤯 with the very first verse that I encountered. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
And this sounds so cool, at face value, but there is so much more under the surface!
The word used in this passage for “peace” is the Hebrew term shalom. Shalom means “to restore” or “bring something back into wholeness or completeness”. It speaks to a thing or person or people group, made up of many complex parts being completely put together, without any cracks or imperfect parts or pieces missing.
When used as a verb, it gives the meaning of things being restored back to the way they were supposed to be, the way God designed things to be. It goes far beyond simply removing the struggle and the fighting from around us, but it continues on to putting the pieces back together, restoring what was broken or crushed back to complete wholeness. It’s not just a cease-fire; it’s a complete effort to bring things back to the way they were meant to be – even if that’s better than the way they were found.
So, when it comes to the Messiah being called “The Prince of Peace”, this title implies the notion that he would restore an entire people group, the people of God, back into the wholeness of:
✅ a reconciled relationship with God,
✅ restored relationships with each other,
✅ a renewed relationship with one’s self,
✅ and even a rejuvenated relationship with the rest of Creation.
This Prince of Peace is the one who has the power and authority to bring completeness to those under his reign, to those who submit to him as Lord, once and for all.
So are you looking for peace? Jesus is that and more! He’s actively working to restore your life to complete wholeness.
My invitation to you this season is to receive that. Surrender to Jesus and receive his peace.
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