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PRINCE OF PEACE

SEPTEMBER 11, Isaiah 9:1-7

On 11th Sep 2001 in New York City, something terrible happened. On that morning, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.

 

The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying at least two nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon – the military headquarters of the USA. The fourth plane crashed into a field, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington – the capital of the USA. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

 

2,974 victims and the 19 hijackers died in the attacks. The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 different countries. these attacks are now known as the “911 attacks”.

 

If a relative or friend of yours had died in the above attacks, would you still be able to call Jesus “Prince of Peace”?

 

It is possible, but it will not be easy. The peace that Jesus brings is not the peace the world offers. The world’s peace is dependent on the lack of tough times or difficult situations. For a person without Christ, he will not be able to experience peace in the 911 attacks. But for us, we can depend on the love and strength of the Lord, even when things appear terrible. You see, if we trust God, if we put our lives into his hands, we will then be able to have peace, come what may.

 

Thought: May Jesus be my Prince of Peace.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that in Jesus, I will have peace that the world cannot give. Sometimes, things do not work out the way I or my parents prefer. But Heavenly Father, do teach me to press on and continue to turn to You. This I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.