Child with Four Names – part 4

part 1 is available here

part 2 is available here

part 3 is available here

Isaiah 9:6 describes the character of Messiah by a series of four compound names. We have already discussed the first three: Wonderful Counselor (lit. a wonder of a counselor); Mighty God (el gibbor); Father Forever (Everlasting Father). Finally, the fourth name is Prince of Peace (sar-shalom). The Messiah will not bring peace to his people by brutality or slashing violence. The peace He brings first accomplishes reconciliation between God and man and then flows out as peaceful relationships with others. It was Jesus Christ who said, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27) He is the Prince of Peace? Some might ask: “I’ve heard a lot about the peace you Christians are supposed to have and the Kingdom that’s supposed to come, but don’t you think it is a bit too pie-in-the-sky? Why can’t it make a difference now in the Middle East, in Iraq or Afghanistan?” I believe that someday these issues will be dealt with when Christ returns, but let me ask you a question: If your heart was the template for the world, what would the world be like? If you could take your life and multiply it to every person alive so they would act just like you, what kind of a world would we have?  I am not saying that we should not work for peace, but let’s not be naive. All our attempts will be like putting band aids on gangrene. It doesn’t ultimately solve the problem of the human heart. There can be no peace without the Prince because Jesus Christ alone can change the human heart. He has the plan (Wonderful Counselor), the power (Mighty God), the personal concern (Father Forever), and He is the Prince of Peace. Have you come to Jesus Christ with a repentant heart (t’shuva) and asked Him to be your Messiah and to change you from the inside out? Just a thought…

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