In Isaiah 9.6, we read (NIV):
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.
The Hebrew version of Isaiah 9.6 yields the numerical value of 876 corresponding to “Prince of Peace.”
Using the Method of the Prime developed in our book (e-version), we see that the 876th prime number is 6803, which turns out to be the numerical equivalent of only two verses in the Bible: incredibly, Mark 10:47 and Luke 23:30.
47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47, NIV)
30 Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ (Luke 23:30)
The first verse shows who the Prince of Peace is, and the event linked to the second verse shows why he is “prince” or “chief” of peace.
In Mark 10:47, the person acknowledging Jesus was a blind man, as we can gather from the neighboring verses:
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Even the blind could “see” that the Prince of Peace of Isaiah 9.6 was “Jesus, the Son of David!”
Luke 23:30 is referring to the most important event in Jesus life, namely, His crucifixion. With Jesus’ death and resurrection, our fears in death are removed and replaced with the gift of internal life, as the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 6:23:
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace because He alone is able to offer assurance of eternal life.