For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
OK let us review, we have looked at some titles that are the names for the Messiah Jesus this week in our devotions. Jesus is “YOUR Pele Yo'ez” (Wonderful Counselor) we said, He is Your MIGHTY GOD, YOUR EVERLASTING FATHER or FATHER FOREVER and today we note that Jesus was called the Prince of Peace.
The pages of Scripture are filled with declarations about God’s peaceful nature and desire for peace on the earth. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” And Philippians 4:9 says, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
In Hebrew the word Sar Shalome means Prince of Peace. Sar, it means the one who was in charge. It means the captain. It means the Lord. It means the chief. It means the general. So Jesus is the captain, the chief, the Lord, the Sar of Shalome. What does Shalome mean? Shalome was actually a greeting that one person would give to another. Shalome means rest. It means tranquility. It means wholeness. It means completeness. Jesus is the Sar Shalome. You could say He’s the Captain of rest and wholeness. He is the Lord of tranquility. He is the Chief of contentment. Jesus is the Sar Shalome. Prince of Peace.
What does that mean in our everyday life?
Jesus, the Sar Shalome, is the peace who comforts you. Some of us right now, have some things in our life that are just going wild, and there is no inward spiritual peace. Am I correct? Here is what we need to comprehend that the Sar Shalome, Jesus, wants to bring us comfort. Here is what Jesus said. The words of Jesus, John 14:27, He said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.” Notice, it’s His peace that Jesus gives to you. He said, “I don’t give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” Review time, who’s peace does He give to you? It’s His peace. It’s the peace of the One who is in charge of Shalome. He gives you His peace.
Philippians 4:6-7 says this. “Do not be anxious about anything.” Many of you right now, you are anxious, period, about everything. Scripture says, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,” what do we do? Say it aloud right now. We should, “present our requests to God. And then, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.”
“We have peace with God” the New Testament tells us. Romans 5:1 “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:13-14, “But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For Christ, himself,” is our peace.” He is our Prince of Peace Your “SAR SHALOME.”
We serve a God who has peace for us right now. We can cast all our cares and burdens on his shoulders. Do you remember those shoulders from our devotion on Monday? He can handle all the cares of the world because he is Lord of them all. Take time to meet with the God of peace today and receive the peace that surpasses all understanding.
My Prayer for all of us on this Christmas Eve are the words from
2 Thessalonians 3:16 says, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
I heard this song recently for the first time and its message really grabbed me. I pray you will find a blessing from this song too.