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Digging Deeper – December 20, 2021

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 20

 

 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6  (NLT)

 


 

CHRISTMAS AT NORTHSTAR – PRINCE OF PEACE

 

For many years a large silver star adorned the top of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. One day back in the 1800’s, the Roman Catholic Church, which shares a part of the building with a Greek Orthodox Church, decided to take down the silver star and replace it with their own star. But the Greek Orthodox church refused to let them do that.

 

The Greek Orthodox Church was supported by Russia, and the Roman Catholic Church was supported by France. But it was Turkey who actually ruled over Palestine at that time. When Turkey sided with the Roman Catholic Church, Russia declared war on Turkey. Immediately France and England allied themselves with Turkey, and fought what history calls the Crimean War which lasted from 1853 -1856. At the end of that war the star came down.

 

Isn’t it ironic that in the very place of the birth of the Prince of Peace there has almost always been conflict and war? Someone once remarked, “Peace is that brief moment in history when everyone stands around…reloading.” In Isaiah 9:6 God promises to send the Prince of Peace. The Israelites were literally at war with the Assyrians when this was written and they also had rebelled against God. They were at war with their enemies, God and with themselves.  They had anything but peace. God’s plan to bring peace was to send Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace.

 

REFLECTION

Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that means He’s in charge of peace. Are there areas of your life where you have not allowed Jesus to be in charge? Do you have peace in those areas? How can you celebrate Jesus as the Prince of Peace this Christmas season?

 

PRAISE

Praise God for His authority over the entire universe. Praise Him for inviting you to experience His leadership, protection and peace in your life.

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