“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end…. “ (Isaiah 9:6-7a)
We live in a time that is ripe with unrest and anything but peace; a global war against ISIS and terrorism, protesting and riots in our cities, political mud-slinging and accusations, kids getting bullied at school, 1 million adults and 1.5 million children from 127 countries forced into human trafficking for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation -(www.raphahouse.org), a report of child abuse being made every 10 seconds in the United States with approximately 49% of those cases involving physical or sexual abuse –(www.childhelp.org), murder, rage, envy, gossip, lies, financial ruin, prolific violence in TV, movies and gaming, domestic violence, divorce, infidelity…. all this makes it hard to see peace on earth.
Truth is, this side of the judgment day we’ll never see peace in the evidence of mankind on earth. So, how can we proclaim peace on earth? Peace is found in the child who was born to us. The child whose name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace… the child, Jesus. He is our healing. He is our peace. Every person who enters into a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus the Son knows peace and can share peace because of the Son, Jesus. In the midst of worldly chaos and brokenness, there is peace; his name is Jesus. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…” – John 14:27a