Sorry for the delay in posting. Hopefully I will catch up soon. I’m sick, my son is sick-ish and teething, and my pregnancy nausea came back, so needless to say, it’s been a bit crazy in this house. But I’m excited to continue to think and write about advent. Meditating on these truths helps me even more on difficult days.
In the Bible, Jesus is often referred to as the Prince of Peace. Many of my favorite worship songs and Christmas carols echo this title and proclaim that Jesus’ birth means peace for the whole world. Before we talk later in the week about how Jesus brings peace to the world, we must consider why Jesus is qualified to bring peace in the first place.
In contrast, I’m not qualified to bring peace to many situations. I could try my best to negotiate a peace agreement for peoples in the Middle East. I could try to stop the North Korea’s nuclear warfare. I could even simply declare world peace on my blog formally. I could ask the entire world to stop fighting and to lay down their weapons. But the truth is no one would listen to me. I’m not the President, the Queen, an ambassador, or even a worker for the International Justice Mission. I do not have the authority to make such a decree or the power to see to it that peace is executed. I have no authority.
The reason that Jesus is able to bring peace to the whole world is because he has ultimate authority. He is God, our Creator and the King. Psalm 2 says that God gives the nations as a heritage to Jesus. In the Bible he is called the “firstborn” of all creation. That doesn’t mean he was “born” because we know that although He is God’s son, He is fully God. Rather it refers to his rights. He is the heir to creation, meaning that everything on earth has been given to Him and He will rule it.
The good news is Jesus is a loving King and a trustworthy Leader. He’s not a swindler or a despot who is hoping to take advantage of His people. Instead, He comes to bring peace for the entire World and He has the power to see it done.
Here is the entirety of Psalm 2:
“Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall breakthem with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
1Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”