By Hope Bolinger, Crosswalk.com
During this time of division, upheaval, and unrest, we may crave peace—more than ever before. We may have even heard the name Prince of Peace attributed to Jesus. Even churches have used this title of God in the name of their campus.
But what does this name mean? And how does the name Prince of Peace apply to not only Jesus but to how Jesus intervenes in our life’s circumstances?
For those craving peace now, this article explores the meaning behind the name, where we can find the title “Prince of Peace” in the Bible, how Jesus is our Prince of Peace, and more.
Let’s jump in.
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What Does the Name 'Prince of Peace' Mean?
Before we show how the name applies to Jesus, we have to establish what the name means in the first place. The names of God often have a different meaning and reveal a different character trait to listeners or readers. Take a look at examples such as Yahweh or El Roi.
We know God also goes by other titles such as The Good Shepherd (John 10) or The Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). He illuminates his different roles through titles such as these. These names, for instance, show us he shepherds his flock (the church) and he serves an intermediary role for us (such as what the high priest did back in the Old Testament).
So what about the name “Prince of Peace?” What does this mean?
As stated in this article, a Prince of Peace seeks to restore relationships, assure us of our destination in heaven, and provide us with a peaceful rhythm and balance in life.
Peace, in the verses mentioned (more on this below) refers to a concept known as Shalom. It goes beyond our understanding of peace signs and even the idea of peace in general. It’s this concept that essentially means life as the way it was intended. Sin disrupted Shalom, and that is why the world is not the way it’s supposed to be.
Our Prince of Peace restores Shalom. He guides everything back to the way they were meant to be. This means revived relationships, balanced living, and assurances of our eternal destination.
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Where Do We Find 'Prince of Peace' in the Bible?
It may surprise readers that we find “Prince of Peace” in the Old Testament, in prophecy about Jesus’ coming to earth for the first time.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
A certain Handel’s Messiah chorus may be running through your head right now.
That’s it. We do have several other verses that talk about God and how he brings peace, but as far as the title goes, we only have one verse.
Interestingly enough, this Isaiah verse that refers to the birth of Jesus, contains a host of names for God. This article focuses on the name the writer chose to include as the final one: Prince of Peace.
Most importantly, as pointed out by Benson’s commentary, Jesus seeks to restore peace between God and man. Although we do want to see restored relationships with fellow friends and family, we need to restore our relationship with God first.
That’s where Jesus steps in.
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What Does it Mean That Jesus is the Prince of Peace?
We do see, throughout the New Testament, verses that talk about Jesus and peace.
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
Jesus came to this earth to give peace. His followers would later experience fear and persecution. But because of Jesus, they could experience Shalom.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9
Jesus bestows a blessing on the peacemakers. This shows that Christians should follow Jesus’ example of peace.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! – Luke 2:14
This famous passage of Jesus’ birth, and the angels’ proclamation, shows that those who have a relationship with God experience peace and Shalom.
In other words, Jesus brought peace to his followers, and he brings peace to us now. Let’s dive into some examples of how he does so.
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4 Biblical Truths about Why Jesus Is Our Prince of Peace
Jesus shows us peace through his example and through the peace he grants us now. Let’s explore some reasons why he is our Prince of Peace.
1. A Peaceful Ministry and Example
When we observe Jesus’ ministry, we realize he did the opposite of what most disciples and followers expected. They wanted a zealot who could topple the Roman government. Instead, Jesus preached on turning the other cheek (Matthew 5) and didn’t even open his mouth to protest when Pilate questioned him. Jesus led a life of humility and peace.
We notice during his ministry he seeks to restore things to Shalom. He heals, even on Sabbaths, and he mends broken relationships.
2. A Peaceful Relationship with God
As stated in this article, Jesus restores shalom between us and God. What had been previously thrown into chaos and disarray due to sin, Jesus restores. Through his death and resurrection, we can experience the peace of God and a rehabilitated relationship with God.
3. Restoration of Relationships
Sin destroys relationships.
Husbands and wives divorce. Families split apart. Friends desert us. Sin has utterly and completely decimated friendships and families.
But because Jesus allows us to come into relationship with him, the love, joy, and peace that comes from that union spreads to all areas of our lives. This means that we can re-commune with estranged ones, forgotten ones, and betrayed ones because God allowed for us to do the same with him.
4. Peace of Mind during Difficult Tribulations
Whether we’ve entered a season of our life where we question our own salvation or whether it seems we can’t catch a break from all the trials we’ve faced in the past few months (after all … “when it rains”) God often grants believers peace of mind during difficult moments.
This does not mean that we won’t wrestle with our circumstances or not have bad days. Take a look at the Psalms and see how often David cries out to God in distress.
Nevertheless, it does mean that God does and will give us peace in our darkest moments.
We need peace now more than ever. We yearn for shalom.
God grants us to have it in both our relationship with him and in our families and friendships. Through Jesus’ example of a peaceful life, he not only showed his followers an example of how to usher in shalom into a broken world, but he offers us hope for an eternity of peace and shalom with him and with other believers.
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