For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 KJV)
I want to focus on Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, in this message. Isaiah was originally written in the Hebrew language. The English word “peace” is translated from the Hebrew word “shalom”. There are subtle yet significant differences in the definitions and common uses of these two words from these two languages. Here are the definitions of the two words:
Peace – noun
- The normal, non-warring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
- An agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism.
- A state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations.
- The normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security.
- Cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
שָׁלוֹם – Shalom – completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
The Message translates our verse of scripture this way:
For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. (Isaiah 9:6-7 MSG)
When Christ comes into our lives one of the key things that He does is make us whole.
When my children were young we would watch “The Donut Repair Club” videos until the VHS tapes started to wear out. Each episode would begin with the theme song (it seems to always be stuck in my head) where “Duncan Donut”, Rob Evans (the Donut Man) and the children would sing, “Life without Jesus is like a donut, because there is a hole in the middle of your heart”. This simple truth has been proclaimed by every generation of believers; we are incomplete without Jesus Christ.
The fulfillment that our lives long for is only found when we are united with Christ in salvation. There are so many different ways that people seek to fulfill themselves. Some of the ways that people seek fulfillment are noble, some religious or spiritual, some are through accomplishments or possessions, some are through relationships and many are self-destructive. King Solomon echoes the sentiment of everyone who has searched for fulfillment in life apart from Christ.
I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. (Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 NLT)
We cannot purchase peace, fulfillment of our wholeness. We cannot attain it through experience, penance, possession, prestige or through other people. The wholeness we are seeking comes only from the Prince of Wholeness, the Lord Jesus Christ.
So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Colossians 2:10 NLT)
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:19 NLT)
There will always be something missing in our lives until Jesus Christ is at the center of our life. We will experience moments of joy, happiness, fulfillment and wholeness but without the Prince of Wholeness we will find ourselves in Solomon’s shoes, “chasing the wind”. We will always be seeking the next experience, relationship or achievement that can bring us our next fleeting moment of fulfillment.
Jesus had an encounter with a powerful religious man who was still searching in his life:
There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:1-7 NLT)
This is the answer to fulfillment, peace and wholeness in life; Jesus Christ alive in you.
This solution may sound overly simplistic or naively religious to those who have yet to truly meet Jesus Christ, the Prince of Wholeness. I know that it violates the doctrines and practices of those of other faiths. I also know that it offends the sensibilities of those who are working hard to achieve their dreams in life. The fulfillment that comes from Christ is possible because of the cross and our faith in Him. This fulfillment is not earned. Paul said it this way:
So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:23-25 NLT)
We can search for peace, fulfillment and wholeness in many things but it is only through Christ that we will find lasting peace. So, if you are in a place in your life where you are ready to experience the wholeness and peace that only comes from heaven I encourage you to ask Jesus Christ to make you whole. For more information please click here.
As we enter this New Year my prayer is that Jesus Christ will be your Prince of Wholeness. I pray that you have great success in your relationships, your family, your business, your finances and your ministry in 2012, but above all my prayer is that Jesus Christ will be the center of your life.