When we think of peace we usually think of some sort of serene image… perhaps a lake, or silent sunset. One dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” We may use words like restfulness, tranquility, or quiet to describe it. We might also use the word to describe a time of freedom from war or the ending of some strife or violence: a time of harmony, or agreement.
But the biblical concept of peace is larger. It means “to be complete or whole” or “soundness of person.” Peace in the scriptures can be grouped into four categories:
1. wholeness of life or body (i.e., health)
2. right relationship or harmony between two parties or people… or covenant between man and God (Yahweh).
3. prosperity, success, or fulfillment
4. victory over enemies, or a time of no war
Isaiah foretold that when the Messiah came Peace would also come into the world,
“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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.” (Isa. 9:6,7a)
This is what angel hosts announced to shepherds regarding what the Christ child would bring “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14).
The scriptures testify that indeed He did: “…since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1); “For he himself is our peace” (Eph. 2:14); “For God was pleased to… reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Col. 1:19,20).
“Trust in God to fulfill His promises,” urged Pastor Steve. God has also promised that one day all nations will bow under the reign of this Prince of Peace. One day you will bow too….
Will you today?