Posted: 12/20/18 at 10:00am. Column by Ed Jordan.
In the 1937 Disney film, Snow White, Snow White sang: “Someday my prince will come, someday I’ll find my love; and how thrilling that moment will be, when the prince of my dreams comes to me.”
The music was written by Frank Churchill and the lyrics by Larry Morley. The sentiments of that song have revealed the longings of many people, even today.
Many are longing for the arrival of that one special person, whose love for them will change their lives, and their world. The same sentiment also expressed the longing of Israel for a Messiah, who could come, love them, lead them, care for them, and make the whole world order “right.”
About 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied that a day was coming when God would give the world a Messiah, who would be of the offspring of David and would establish a kingdom that would have no end. In Isaiah 9:6–7 (NLT) we read: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end …” For over 700 years, God’s people waited for their Prince to come, to bring peace, and a new life.
The good news is that the best Prince who ever existed has come to do just that. We celebrate His birth in our Christmas celebrations. In Matthew’s Gospel we read similar words that were used in Isaiah 9:6, words like: child, born, a son, given. In Matthew 1:18 (NASB95): “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.” In Matthew 1:21 (NASB95) we read: “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
How is this related to the Prince of Peace? Jesus was born to bring peace into the midst of a world drowning in sin, fear, uncertainty, apprehension, and hostility. When we sin, we become alienated from God. Jesus came to bring us the forgiveness of sins. He came to pay our penalty so that the law would be fulfilled, justice executed, and forgiveness extended.
When we turn to God through Jesus, He indeed saves us from our sins. The result of this is that for the first time in our lives we experience peace with God. Paul explained this in Romans 5:1 (NASB95) where he wrote: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ …”
Jesus came to bring God to us, and to bring us to God. Our Prince has indeed come! He has come to love us, lead us, and give us eternal life. When He was born, the sky lit up, angels filled the sky, and in Luke 2:14 (NLT) they proclaimed: “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Jesus came to reveal God’s glory to us, God’s goodness to us; as we bathe in the glory and goodness of God, we discover peace. The Hebrew word “shalom” which is translated “peace,” conveyed healing and wholeness. It is the power of God to take what is cracked and broken and put all the pieces back together. Jesus came to put our lives back together and to heal and reconcile our relationship with God, so that we could experience peace with God. Paul says that we experience this through faith. Faith is believing and taking action on what God tells us to do.
In John 1:12, the Bible tells us what we need to do to experience peace with God—this healing and restoration of our soul and life to God. John 1:12 (NLT) states: “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” The prince that you have longed to know over your whole life has come. Unto you is born, Jesus—a Savior. He is the Prince of Peace. When we believe God in regard to this, and receive Jesus by faith, we become children of God. This is the good news of Christmas!
So what are you waiting for?