Mankind has longed for world peace throughout human history, but in spite of man’s best efforts, world peace has not been achieved. One war follows another. Jesus Himself said, speaking of the last days: There will be wars and rumors of wars. Today, Islamic terrorism is killing innocent people in the name of “religion”. The reason there can be no peace on earth is simple: the total depravity of the human heart. Until the Prince of Peace takes complete control of the world, and changes the hearts of men, peace will remain elusive—an unattainable goal.
The Christmas Prophecy
When Christ entered the world the first time (at Bethlehem), the angels proclaimed: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men" (Luke 2:14). Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus in these words: “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” (Isa. 9:6). And while He was here on earth Jesus said to His disciples: "In ME you may have peace" (John 16:33).
So Why Isn't There Peace, Then?
If Jesus Christ is truly the Prince of Peace, then why, you might ask, is there so much hatred, violence, and warfare on earth? Good question. Jesus came to bring peace, but He was rejected and nailed to a cross. And yet, even in His death, He brings peace to the souls of them who receive Him as Savior. The Bible says: “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). Man cannot achieve peace with fellow man until he first has peace with God.
The Irony Of It All
Ironic isn’t it? It took the horrible death of Christ to provide peace to the hearts of those who trust Him. Christ's shed blood of the cross of Calvary is the basis for true peace. There is no personal peace except through Christ, and there can be no political peace until Christ comes again and establishes His Kingdom.
The King Is Coming
The 1000 year Kingdom of Christ on earth (called the Millennium) will be noted for its wonderful and glorious PEACE. This is one of the great themes of Isaiah’s prophecy (see 2:4; 9:7; 11:6-9; 32:17; 54:13; 55:12; 60:18; 66:12). Evidently the world will transition from producing military munitions to making farm implements. The earth will go from a “war economy” to an agricultural economy, where all you will need is a plow and a pruning hook. Instead of spending millions on weapons of warfare, people will be content just tending to their gardens. Isaiah rejoiced in the promise of God--that someday Israel, and the whole world, would experience “peace like a river” (48:18, 66:12).