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Pastor Youngju Steven Kim
Rev. Steven Kim

 

“O, Come, The Prince of Peace!”

Dear families of the Setauket Methodist Church,

Isaiah 9:6, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

These are the words of prophesy by the Prophet Isaiah uttered long ago about the coming Messiah. The Messiah has a couple of splendid nicknames. This year the last one, Prince of Peace, among others, resonates loudest in my mind.

Isaiah delivered the words as his brethren were moaning under the expansion of the Assyrian empire. He was also foreseeing that even worse oppression would soon sweep over his country by the Babylonian kingdom. His country was small and feeble, and yet divided. The evil force of oppression was so overwhelming that the people couldn’t fathom any solution on their own. So, Isaiah anticipated for the coming of the Messiah, the Prince of Peace.

“O, Come, the Prince of Peace!”

Centuries later, Israelites were crying for peace and liberation from the oppression and bondage by the Roman Empire. It was then that the long-anticipated Messiah had arrived at last. One night, the angels told the shepherds of the coming of the Prince of Peace. Luke 2:14 records, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Peace on earth!

“O Come, the Prince of Peace!”

Two thousand years later, we still cry out for peace on earth not only in America, but around the globe. Nowadays, we are aware of the possibility of total annihilation of mankind through the nuclear war. Many scientists warn us of the potential catastrophic outcome of the misuse of natural resources such as global warming.

Focusing on our country, massive gun violence has now become like a daily happening in our society. They occur at the malls, schools, on the streets, concert halls, and even at the churches in their services!

No matter what the root cause of those violent actions is, whether be it guns themselves or people who are mentally or emotionally suffering, something needs to be done to turn around the trend. Yet, just like Israelites at the time of Prophet Isaiah, our country is divided in dealing with the evil force of violence which has claimed numerous lives this year alone. So, we follow the trace of the people in the ancient world in crying out:

“O, Come, the Prince of Peace!”

Friends, as we anticipate for the coming Messiah through this Advent and Christmas season, I suggest that we embrace him as the Prince of Peace first in our hearts. Our journey for peace should start from within our hearts. Let us light a candle of peace in each of our hearts shining forth in the world of darkness.

I pray that the Prince of Peace rule over your heart and spirit through this wonderful season of Advent.

    

In Peace...