And he [Jesus] will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
In kingdom rule, the Prince is granted authority as designated by the king. This passage reflects the granting of authority to Christ, the awaited Messiah. The initial part of the passage gives greater insight on the authority Jesus is given, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders." Christ carries all governments. No plan forged by earthly leaders will foil the plan that God has for this world. God is sovereign above all earthly authority. Knowing that God is in charge and all will happen as He wills gives me great comfort.
One of the most amazing areas of Christ's authority is over the realm of PEACE. It is Christ who grants peace. Think of when he calmed the storm on the sea of Galilee. He evoked his power and authority over chaos; He had the power to declare peace over the raging waves (Mark 4:39). He had that authority as the Prince of Peace.
As we look at our world in turmoil, we see the tempest of the enemy raging. We need not fear. God is sovereign and the Prince of Peace is still in control. Our responsibility is to trust and serve Him until he brings an end to the storms we see in our world. With the same authority, Christ can declare peace over the storms in your own life. If you are tossed about by a sea of doubt, fear and trouble, the Prince of Peace is near to you. You have only to call upon Him and he will either quiet the storms that assail you or He will quiet your spirit and reassure you that He is with you through the storm.
I used two stamp sets to design this simple page, Christmas Botanicals and Peace on Earth, both Krista Hamrick sets, available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Everything is colored with Prismacolor Pencils.