1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you have joined us again.
3. This is the last message on the names of Jesus,
4. and they come from the prophesy of Isaiah, Chapter 9;
5. and this name that was given to Jesus is “Prince of Peace.”
6. To understand this description of Jesus, we must start in the Old Testament.
7. In the Book of Judges, Chapter 6,
8. we read that a group of people called the “Midianites” began to constantly harass them.
9. They routinely invaded their territory.
10. They burnt their crops just before harvest time.
11. They killed their sheep and cattle,
12. so that the people of God did not have one moment of peace.
13. Their economy got into trouble.
14. Their future livelihood seemed uncertain;
15. but what God wanted them to know was this -
16. their lack of peace was a direct result of their disobedience to His warning.
17. God wanted them to know
18. that there can be no peace for those who refuse to put their full trust in Him.
19. God wanted them to know,
20. that their frustration, their grief and their fearful life,
21. is directly related to their forsaking God,
22. because He is the source of peace;
23. so, His people called out to God,
24. and God, whose nature is to forgive and give more grace,
25. sent an angel to a man by the name of Gideon.
26. Because Gideon was very aware of his people’s sin,
27. he thought the angel had come to destroy them;
28. but, instead, in the Book of Judges, Chapter 6, verses 22 to 23,
29. we see the Lord’s wonderful message.
30. The Lord said to Gideon,
31. “Peace! Do not be afraid...”
32. and, in response to God’s supernatural intervention, Gideon built an altar;
33. and he named the altar “Jehovah Shalom – the Lord is Peace.”
34. In this instance, we have the first revelation of God as Peace.
35. From this point on, God’s revelation affirms that He is Peace.
36. and that, without Him, there can be no peace.
37. Let me tell you, my listening friend,
38. if you have peace in your heart, then you are blessed.
39. Why do I say this?
40. Because if you have peace, you have learned to have victory over the harassing enemy.
41. Of course, the opposite is true.
42. If you are harboring anger, bitterness or covetousness,
43. if you are harboring fear, anxiety or critical spirit,
44. if these things are in your life,
45. chances are you do not have peace in your heart.
46. No wonder when Isaiah wanted to describe the coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, he called Him the “Prince of Peace.”
47. As I told you, this is the last in the series of messages from Isaiah 9:6,
48. and, if you have your Bible, turn with me to Isaiah 9:6.
49. “For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given,
50. and the government will be on his shoulders.
51. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
52. Mighty God,
53. Everlasting Father,
54. Prince of Peace."
55. Earlier, we learned why Jesus is called “Wonderful Counselor.”
56. We saw why Jesus is called “Mighty God.”
57. We discovered why Jesus is called “Everlasting Father,”
58. and, today, we will see why Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace.”
59. Each of these descriptions were prophesied seven hundred years before Jesus Christ the Messiah was born.
60. There are 20 different Hebrew words for the English word “prince.”
61. There are 3 different Greek words, all translated into the English word “prince.”
62. What does all this mean to us?
63. It means that there can be no peace of mind without Jesus, the Prince of Peace, ruling and reigning over our minds.
64. It means that there can be no peace in any home unless that home daily comes under the authority of Prince Jesus.
65. There can be no peace in any relationship unless Prince Jesus is presiding over that relationship;
66. that there can be no peace in any society that is ashamed of the name of Jesus.
67. It means that there can be no peace anywhere in the world without Prince Jesus ruling and reigning.
68. Someone may say,
69. “I placed Jesus as the authority over my life,
70. but inner turmoil persists in my life.”
71. This person has not truly allowed Jesus to reign.
72. You can say the words, “Jesus, reign and rule over my life,” all you want;
73. but, if you lock Him out of any area of your life,
74. a verbal invitation does not mean very much,
75. in the same way that you can invite me to your house;
76. but when I show up,
77. you come outside the door and talk to me, and never invite me inside.
78. I can invite a guest to my home, to stay at my house;
79. but, then, I confine him to one room only.
80. In the same way, many people invite Prince Jesus to bring His peace into their life;
81. but, then, they would say, “Oh, You cannot preside over my finances.”
82. Others may invite Prince Jesus to come in and bring His peace;
83. but, then, they would say, “…not over my time.
84. I have too much to take care of.
85. I have too many responsibilities.
86. I need to relax.
87. I can’t spend time in reading God’s Word.
88. I can’t spend time in prayer
89. and God knows my needs anyway.”
90. Others will invite Prince Jesus to come and bring His peace;
91. but they say, “…not over my ungodly and unwholesome relationship.”
92. They say, “The Lord understands I have needs.
93. The Lord understands I have desires.
94. The Lord understands I need to be in this relationship…,”
95. and they wonder why they have no peace in their lives.
96. They wonder why they wake up in the morning feeling terrible about themselves.
97. They wonder why they feel good one minute and awful the next.
98. You know why?
99. Because the invitation to Prince Jesus to reign and rule with His peace is merely a verbal invitation.
100. They want all the benefits that come from Prince Jesus reigning and ruling,
101. without surrendering to the Prince’s authority.
102. The truth is this:
103. most people want the benefits of the Prince of Peace,
104. without giving up their authority to the Prince of Peace.
105. Most people crave the Prince of Peace,
106. without giving up control to the Prince of Peace.
107. Most people long for the peace that passes understanding,
108. but they are not willing to offer the throne of their heart to the Prince of Peace.
109. Let me give you an example.
110. After Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross,
111. the disciples were filled with fear and doubt and confusion.
112. They were huddled in a room with deadbolts and locks.
113. Do you know why?
114. Because peace and fear cannot co-exist.
115. Because peace and doubt of the promises of God cannot co-habitats.
116. That is why the Bible said
117. that the resurrected Jesus Christ supernaturally came to them and said, “Peace.”
118. When Jesus’ peace comes in, fear goes out of the window.
119. When Jesus’ peace comes in, doubt and anxiety vanish.
120. When Jesus’ peace comes in, selfish ambition goes out
121. because the Prince of Peace, Jesus, cannot co-exist with these sins.
122. You may be locked up in your room of doubt.
123. You may be locked up in your room of distrust of God’s promises.
124. You may be locked up in your room of fear of the future.
125. You may be locked up in your room of seeking after your own happiness.
126. You may be locked up in your room of addiction.
127. You may be locked up in your room of selfishness and self-pursuits.
128. You may be locked up in your room of indifference to God’s Word.
129. You may be locked up in your room of covetousness and greed;
130. yet, the same resurrected Christ, the Prince of Peace, wants to come and bring you His peace.
131. Will you receive Him?
132. When the disciples at last broke out of their cocoons,
133. the peace of God filled them with courage to accomplish greater things than they could ever imagine;
134. and the same Prince of Peace would long for you to experience the same power.
135. Will you say “yes” to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace?
136. Will you say, “Come, Prince Jesus.
137. Come and take over my finances.
138. Come and take over my desires.
139. Come and take over my relationships.
140. Come and take over my ambitions.
141. Come and take over my use of time.
142. Come and take over all of me,”
143. and you can be sure that He will come.
144. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.