“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Luke 4:18
Listen: Isaiah 9
This child, the Prince of Peace, entered Israel in a time of Roman oppression when rebellions and talk of rebellions were common. The only peace they knew was the peace brought about by the military of Rome. Into this occupied country, in a lowly stable, slipped the Prince of Peace. His arrival may have gone entirely unnoticed had a host of heaven not descended upon the shepherds with their first words being, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2.10).
Jesus tells us this good news, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4.18-19). Prince of Peace is not just a cute alliteration but an essential aspect of why Jesus came to earth. He came so we could have peace in our lives by following his teaching. We can also trust that he will bring everlasting peace when he returns.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
As you contemplate Jesus as Prince of Peace today, listen to “Joy to the World” by Hillsong Worship and rejoice because the child “rules the world with truth and grace.” Jesus came to initiate peace between us and God and between us and others. It’s true— we can have peace even when there is no peace on earth. We find peace in Christ.
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