For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. … And His name will be called … Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Here, Isaiah refers to the Messiah as the Prince of Peace. This is the great longing, but it is ironically often overpowered by the human lust for power. This has been the history of the world. Man has never been able to usher in any time of peace. Log onto the Internet or turn on the TV on any given day and you see conflicts all over the planet. Peace eludes us, regardless of our accords and treaties. But Jesus will come, and He will establish a kingdom of peace.
Kingdom of Righteousness
In contrast to man’s kingdoms, His will be founded upon righteousness. Peace will be the dominant feature of His reign.
“In that day when He reigns, that they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). “But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid” (Micah 4:4).
These are beautiful prophetic pictures. Someone once calculated the time of peace versus the time of conflict in recorded history; not surprisingly, the times of peace were brief. But Jesus will come. The Child born in Bethlehem, the Son given at Calvary will return and establish this kingdom of righteousness and rule as the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Father of the Age, and the Prince of Peace.
So, how does this apply to the here and now? How does this help me today? Christ will rule universally, but here’s the amazing truth—God sees the masses, but He also sees each individual face within the masses. Yes, God so loved the world … that’s the masses. But at the same time, everyone has a face. Every single person matters. And where we see that so clearly illustrated is in the life and the ministry of Jesus. He wasn’t just concerned about humanity at large; He was very much concerned with the individual person. May you treasure that truth in your heart this week.