Scripture for Today: Isaiah 9:6 “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.”
The Little Prince is a much loved story known to almost every French young person, including my three children. Written in 1943 it has been translated into more than 250 languages and has sold over 140 million copies worldwide. The simplicity of this story is appealing but the symbolism speaks to the reader on many different levels. The story consists of observations about life and human nature made by a Prince fallen to earth. Some have suggested that the Prince is a Christ figure as he is without sin and believes in a life after death.
Our verse for today prophesies the birth of our Savior. One of the most beautiful names Jesus was given is, “Prince of Peace.” The angels heralded His birth saying, “on earth, peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) Jesus is our peace reconciling us with the Father. He is our peace with others as well, bringing together different races, creating in Himself one new humanity (Eph. 2:15).
He does not stop there. Jesus is also the source of the peace within my heart. Because He has forgiven me my sins and brought me near to Himself, I can experience the “peace that transcends all understanding” (Phil. 4:7) regardless of troubling circumstances.
Surely, He is worthy to be called “Prince of Peace” creating peace with God, peace with other believers, and peace within my heart. But there is more. One day His Kingdom will come to earth and we will finally enjoy true peace here on earth.
Lord, keep my heart peaceful, trusting in You.