"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).
In the Old Testament we read of the prophecy of the Child who will be born to a Virgin named Mary and this Child will be a very special person who is the Son of God born human. He will come to earth to walk among the people and teach them all about God and give them commandments with which to live their lives. And this Child will have many names He will go by Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.
Let's look at what it means to be the Prince of Peace.
The dictionary defines peace as a state of mutual harmony between people, a calmness, a sense of tranquility and serenity.
It also explains that the word peace can also be an interjection or greeting. If you look in the New Testament of the Bible you will find a number of times that Jesus greets His disciples with "Peace be with you." This is the greeting that the dictionary talks about.
Throughout the Bible we find instances of the word peace and how it relates to Jesus and to us. God sent His Son to earth to walk among us and teach us about the Biblical way to live our lives. God sent down commandments and Moses helped the Israelites learn how to live in harmony with one another. Jesus also taught His disciples about living in harmony with our fellow man. The name "Prince of Peace" is a reminder to us that Jesus came to show us how to live in harmony with our fellow man. This name is like a title, and helps us to remember that Jesus was more than a man, He was divine and He came to show us the moral and Biblical way to live our lives.
In the words of Scripture "peace" is the act of following God's commandments for our lives and how to live our lives in harmony with one another. God gave us these commandments because He loves us and wants us to live our lives in tranquility and serenity with one another. All God's laws are given to benefit each of us, to direct us in the way of doing what is right and to protect us from sin and suffering. Paying attention to God's laws means following them, practicing them, being guided by them. God helps us to see how we are meant to live our lives by learning from the ways that Jesus lived His life here on this earth before He was crucified.
As Jesus spent His last night on this earth with His disciples He said to them "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for His impending death using the words He had said to them many times during His teaching. And, when He rose three days later He greeted them in the upper room with "Peace be with you."
Jesus' name "Prince of Peace" is more than a name, it was the way Jesus lived His life, modeling for all of us how to live in harmony with our fellow man. Jesus' name is also one of the many titles He held. He was truly the Prince of Peace.