Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:6 & Romans 1:7
To further identify the child â€œcalled wonderful,â€ Isaiah informs us that He will also be called â€œThe Prince of Peace.â€ Contrary to popular opinion, Christ did not come the first time to bring peace on earth. Instead, He came to bring a sword (Matthew 10:34). His coming has divided the whole world into saints and â€œainâ€™ts.â€ Even family members and friends find themselves on opposite sides of lifeâ€™s most important issueâ€”whether to receive or reject Jesus Christ as their Savior.
The heavenly hostâ€™s announcement of the childâ€™s birth to the shepherds in Luke 2:13-14â€”â€œGlory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward menâ€â€” is more properly translatedâ€”â€œGlory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rest.â€ That Christ did not come the first time to bring peace on earth is easily proven by the fact that there has never been a time of worldwide peace on earth since the Savior was born.
Although Christ is coming the second time to bring peace on earth (Isaiah 2:4), He came the first time to bring peace with God. He came, as the angels announced to the shepherds, to bring â€œpeace to men on whom His favor [grace] rest.â€ Thanks to Christâ€™s coming, we can all have peace with God by becoming recipients of the grace of God.
Even casual students of Godâ€™s Word are familiar with the Scriptureâ€™s oft-repeated Pauline salutation: â€œGrace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christâ€ (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2). Have you ever noticed how â€œgraceâ€ always precedes â€œpeaceâ€ in this well-known scriptural refrain? No one will know peace with God until they have first experienced the grace of God.
It is only your surrender to Christ that can bring an everlasting end to your enmity with God.