For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: And the government shall be on His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Let me tell you what is nice: Just sitting here by the fire, looking at my two lit Christmas trees with all the beautifully wrapped presents underneath (except for the one I wrapped). I woke up with perfect peace in my heart. There is not a care in the world right now. I’m sure I could drum them up if I really wanted to, but why in the world would I want to do that?
I tried to think of this entire “Prince of Peace” verse before I looked it up. I didn’t realize it was five things that our Lord Jesus is called in this verse. When you read them, why in the world are there people on this planet that do not care to know Him?
He’s Wonderful: Flat out awesome.
He’s the best Counsellor: You can talk to Him anytime and anywhere.
He’s Mighty God: He crazy powerful and can do anything.
He’s the Everlasting Father: He lasts forever and ever and is the key to eternal life.
He’s the Prince of Peace: This is found nowhere else.
It is this peace that I can’t help but focus on this morning. Even as I try to remain in this place of perfect peace, evil is beginning to whisper in my ear the cares and hurts of this world. I’m not going to listen . . . not today. Right now, I know where I’m going at the end of it all. Right now, I’m blessed beyond measure. Right now, I know who I belong to. Nobody and nothing can take this moment away.
I remember being at a little church of God at this perfect moment when needed Him so desperately. They sang this song called “Here I am.” Here is the second verse:
When ole Gabriel blows the trumpet
And we rise up in the air
In less time than a split second
We’ll be changed from here to there
Where there’ll be no grief or pain
Perfect peace and joy shall reign
Home at last I shall proclaim
Lord, here I am.
All this was gift-wrapped in a manger 2,000 years ago.
And that is what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.