Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Those are such sweet words.
We think of peace, and we long for it. We hope against hope for it. Over and over our world cries out for it. But we look around and from the beginning of time there have been very few moments without conflict and fighting and wars and rumors of wars. There has been hatred. There have been battles fought and won and battles fought and lost. The world is rife with conflict, ready to explode at a moment’s notice.
Is there no lasting peace?
Jesus came as the Prince of Peace, so why do we still have wars?
What a blessing that Jesus came to bring peace. But the peace He brought was a different kind of peace.
Is it earthly peace?
This is what He said: “‘I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’ He said to the crowd: ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, “It’s going to rain,” and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, “It’s going to be hot,” and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.’” Luke 12:49-59
Jesus did not come to bring earthly peace. He came to bring peace with God. That does not mean that we will live in peace with those around us. In fact, it pretty much insures that there will be contention. There will be strife, because not everyone will wholeheartedly agree with the Truth of the Gospel. Some look with blinded eyes.
Not everyone even agreed with Jesus. Not all who heard wanted to receive His teaching and it caused great conflict. If it happened to Him, how much more will it happen to us!
The Gospel may even cause division in families. We don’t follow the Lord because it will be easy. We follow Him because He is the Truth.
He offers real peace. His life insures the best kind of peace, peace with God, and in that we find rest.