Cheerful Giver



January Newsletter


Information and news from other PNC churches.




Rev. Stephen Snodgrass


The Prince of Peace

When we paint a picture of the Garden of Eden on the canvas of our minds, we see colors in their most vivid brilliance, flowers in abundance and vibrant as the noon day sun, fruit as plentiful and inviting as the home lights after a long day. We see the animals strong, but yet peaceful. . When we begin to add the first man and woman to the backdrop of God’s creation, we are posed with a handicap, for it difficult for our minds to conceive our parents in their original state.

In the Garden, man had never felt the effects of poverty, pangs of hunger and emptiness of death. He did not know the burdens of diseases, blinded eyes, deaf ears and crippled feet. In the Garden, man was perfect. He was at one with God and he lived in a state of peace and tranquility. Due to the fall, we have our minds limited, our imaginations constrained and our ability to understand diminished.

From the time of the fall of man, it has been the mission of the Father to bring mankind back into the original state of creation. The Counsel of Heaven set in motion, before the foundations of the world, a plan to bring not only peace on earth, but peace in the hearts of men. Isaiah the prophet was permitted to look at the plan, and he wrote about it in chapter 9:6-7.

“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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Looking through the telescope of Divine revelation, Isaiah, with inspired quill, wrote these words of rescue to a fallen world. How overwhelming it must have been for one who had seen so much hurt and unrest. Isaiah sums up his declaration by noting that, “the zeal of the LORD of host will perform this.”

Peace has been the constant desire of fallen man. From the time he was put out of the Garden, we have found him in many varying situations trying desperately to search for the peace that he once enjoyed. We find him looking for peace in many strange places. As we watch man in his search for peace, we find him tasting the sensual pleasures of this fallen world, but he comes up empty-handed. We see him drinking at the pool of materialism, but his thirst for peace is not quenched. We see him testing many of the social substitutes that this world calls church, and yet he comes home empty in spirit; and the longing for peace is still there. Isaiah promised a Prince of Peace.

The word for “comfortless” is orphanous, from which we derive our word orphan. As the disciples received this news of Jesus’ soon departure, they felt orphaned. But little did they know that the fulfillment of Gospel was at hand. While He was going away physically, they would soon know Him in a much greater way.

Reading this scripture, I was reminded of an incident that happened to me just a few weeks ago. Bro. Steve Robinson and I were in Tenali, India. The day had been long with many demands, and physically, we were exhausted. Following a service with the widows, who are left desolate in that land, we dashed back to the hotel to gather up the treat bags that we had made up for the orphans that we help support there. As we arrived at the orphanage, we noticed that they had put out chairs for us sit in, and a production was underway. As we sat there, the cast began to come and play their parts. There was Mary and Joseph … the Angel of the Lord … the shepherds … the innkeeper … the wise men … Herod … and baby Jesus. Though I do not know their native tongue, I understood the story clearly. While we sat there I was overwhelmed one more time by the glorious fact that we are not orphans under His care … not even those dear children in India.

The promise of peace is to all who will love Him and keep His words. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. If you are reading this and are still searching for peace, I pray that you will soon find Him to be the Prince of Peace in your heart.

Past Articles

October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009