The Prophet Isaiah, in the divine prophecy revealed by God unto him, lists out the names by which Jesus shall be called, even before Jesus’ birth – the fifth being “The Prince of Peace”, for the Bible records “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.” (Isaiah 9:6)
To be a Prince implies that you are the child of a King. Psalm 47:8 establishes that God reigns over all nations, meaning that he is the King over all nations. God is King and his only begotten Son, Jesus is the Prince. In addition to establishing the sonship of Jesus (as the Son of God), this name also gives insight into the Spirit (character) of Jesus’ reign. Jesus’ reign is one of peace for only through him can one have the peace that passeth all understanding.
Points to ponder:
When you and I let Jesus totally rule our life, then we can be assured of a life of peace (which passeth all understanding), irrespective of the circumstances or situations that surround us. Even in the valley of shadow of death, can one feel perfect safe and at peace, when Jesus shepherds one’s life. Jesus is the Prince of Peace – Are you at peace? Is Jesus your Prince?
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
6 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.
Philippians 4:7 (KJV)
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The book of Haggai gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the Old Testament (O.T).
Haggai is probably an abbreviated form of Haggiah which means “Festival of Yahweh”. THe backdrop in this books is that the temple of God is not complete because people’s personal affairs have interfered with God’s business.
The prophet Haggai brings God’s message to first bring priority to the House of God over their personal pursuits. God describes his House as being laid waste (Haggai 1:4,9) and warns through Haggai, that if the people don’t start focusing on God’s house over their own, the fruit of their labor would be futile akin to putting wages in a bags (pockets) with holes in them ( Haggai 1:6).
But as we seek to see Jesus in the book of Haggai, the key verses that surfaces are Haggai 2:7 & 9 which reads
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
Desire of all nations will come (refers to the coming of Jesus Christ – Matthew 1:21) and I will fill this house with glory (Jesus in the temple cleansing it to reveal the glory of God – Matthew 21:12);
The glory of this latter house will be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts and In this place will I give peace (the Prince of peace – Isaiah 9:6 & 7) saith the Lord.
In Haggai, Jesus is the desire of all nations. He is not only the cleanser of the temple (our bodies are the temple of the Holy God – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) to restore God’s glory, but He is the in fact the very glory of God within the temple (our bodies that are jars of clay – 2 Cor 4:7). He is the Prince of Peace.
The book of Micah gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the Old Testament (O.T).
This book can be divided into 3 parts
- 1st of the 3rd – Rebuke
- 2nd of the 3rd – Repentance call
- 3rd of the 3rd – Restoration
The Name Michayahu (Micah) itself is a QUESTION meaning Who is like unto Yahweh?
Micah 1:8 reads I will go stripped and naked. Jesus was stripped and shamed when He was crucified. He was stripped and shamed, so we can be bold with power, unashamed (Acts 1:8, Romans 1:16)
Micah 5:2 states that a ruler shall come forth out of Bethlehem. The angel’s announcement to the shepherds who kept watch at night when Jesus was born was “For unto you is born this day in the city of David (Bethlehem) a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Jesus is the ruler from Bethlehem.
Micah 5:5 describes a man who shall be the peace. Isaiah 9:6-7 records that Jesus shall be called the Prince of peace.
Micah 7:18,19 asks the question Who is like unto Yahweh? i.e., Who is God? and the answer really is Jesus Christ!
In Micah, Jesus is the ruler from Bethlehem, the man of peace.