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Friday, December 9, 2016
Every time we pass this stately inn behind Rockvale Outlets it captures our attention. It is also a popular wedding venue with a large barn behind it.
"The Prince of Peace"
Note: This week we are examining the five descriptive names used for the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. Today we will consider "Prince of Peace".
Message Summary: Among the titles that the Messiah was prophetically given in Isaiah 9, is the "Prince of Peace". We don't believe we will have "peace in our time" on earth in the political sense, not until Christ returns. However as individual followers of Christ we can have "peace in our time". The peace that Jesus brings has several dimensions that are presently available.
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"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).
Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Instant access to news reminds us of the turmoil so many face today in a large segment of the world. Once again we awoke to peaceful surroundings in our little spot on this terrestrial ball. This is true for many readers as well, although we may so easily take it for granted. We are also mindful of our friends who do read our messages regularly who do not awaken to peaceful surroundings and lift them in prayer even as we write our message today.
A quick scan of the morning news reminds us of turmoil that many are living with. Today we continue to observe the chaos in so many places in our world, especially the Middle East. What does all this mean? Earnest believers should pray for peace and sympathize with those who are suffering.
Zechariah 1:11 states, "We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace". What an outstanding prophetical statement. It concerns a time of absolute peace. I am unaware of when this will be. But it sure isn't now!
Among the titles that the Messiah was prophetically given in Isaiah 9, is the "Prince of Peace". We don't believe we will have "peace in our time" on earth in the political sense, not until Christ returns. However as individual followers of Christ we can have "peace in our time".
The peace that Jesus brings has several dimensions that are presently available:
1. Peace with God (reconciliation) "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Bible commentator Harry Ironside summarizes the justified man or woman's peace: "Peace, as used in Romans 5:1, is not a state of mind or heart. It is a prevailing condition between two who were once alienated. Sin had disturbed the perfect relations of Creator and creature. A breach occurred that man could not mend. But peace has been made by the blood of Christ's cross. There is no longer a barrier. Peace with God is now the abiding state into which every believer enters. The sin question is settled."
2. Peace with each other (relational) "Live in harmony with one another" "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:16a,18). I believe this speaks of the local sphere in our lives, relational peace within our family, friends and church.
3. Peace within (spiritual/emotional) "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). Peace in this context is a state without anxiety and worry about how and when our needs will be supplied. This peace is the result of going to Him and confidently committing everything into His trustworthy hands.
However there is no promise that in this present age there will be world peace in the geopolitical sense. In fact Jesus forthrightly declared in Matthew 24 that there will be wars and rumors of wars; nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. He said, "Such things must happen." That may not be very encouraging, but the Bible does promise a future time of peace in this sense when the Lord returns.
In the meantime, as followers of Christ, we should seek to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). As far as it depends on us we are to live at peace with all men (Romans 12:18). But even as we live among these and future days of growing tribulation may our hearts be filled with peace, peace that comes not from our surroundings, but the peace that flows from within through the presence of the Spirit of God. Jesus reassures us with these words, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid" (John 14:27).
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, knowing that Jesus is the Prince of Peace I pray for His peace to fall upon our land. We pray that many will turn to You today and accept that wonderful reconciliation You freely offer. That is the first step to all other types of peace. We pray for relational peace among our countries, families, and churches. We pray for inward, emotional peace, especially for our brothers and sisters affected by these wars. We pray for those suffering loss from recent brutal attacks in war torn countries. We look forward to that time spoken of when the whole world will be at rest and in peace. But until that hour we serve You faithfully as we seek to be peacemakers for our own spiritual well-being and for Your glorious kingdom. Amen.
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Yesterday morning after chaplain visits we took our Amish friends, Jesse and Anna Ruth, Christmas shopping with their two youngest children while their four older children were at school. We enjoyed some scenes from rural Lancaster County.
We went to Costco and shopping with the little girls was a lot of fun. I, Stephen, volunteered to watch them while she shopped. So I rolled them around in the shopping cart and the older one, Lizzie, who is about four, asked to try the samples.
The sample lady offered Lizzie a piece of Lindor candy and Lizzie politely informed her that she had already had one. When the sample lady told her she could have another one she, with a surprised look, smiled from ear to ear!
The Old Windmill Farm as we have officially designated Jesse and Anna Ruth's place.
We were pleasantly delayed by the passing of the old steam engine 475 on the Strasburg Railroad.
We stopped by an Amish wedding where Anna Ruth dropped off some items.
Here's the parked "vehicles" at the Amish Walmart near Bird In Hand, PA. Last week a friend, Marlin, had given me wheelbarrow that needed a tire. I had trouble finding one but, lo and behold, they had one at the Amish Walmart (Note: This is not an official Walmart but a large rural store run by the Amish with a wide variety of farm-related items. Yesterday it was busy and I was the only non-Amish customer.
Returning to the farm in the late afternoon before milking time the children were there to greet us. Several of their puppies are now for sale to interested families. Anna Ruth got a call from a family in Maryland who are interested in a Blue Heel pup and requested a photo. Brooksyne obliged by taking this photo and messaging it to the interested party. This was their response: "Thank you, we would love to have her join our family." We were happy to be of assistance in this transaction.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing" Video Chris Tomlin "Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!"
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