“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, PRINCE OF PEACE.”
When the Angels appeared to the shepherds, to tell them about the birth of Baby Jesus, they were praising God and declaring – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth PEACE, good will toward men.” [Luke 2:14] The NIV states – “…peace to those on whom His favour rests” while the Berean version says – “…peace among men with whom He is pleased!” It seems that the peace of God has no limits!
So many of us are praying for peace in Ukraine, for the suffering and conflicts to end, so that many lives can be saved. Peace is often connected with quiet calm and no conflict. It is almost as if we define peace by what it is not – war. However, the word that is used in the Old Testament for peace is “shalom.” It also means health and wholeness, harmony, and completeness.
Jesus is our peace! Ephesians 2:13 – 14 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For He himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…” Jesus makes peace in this life possible because of His saving work.
John 16:32 – 33 states, ”But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Peace is when we have calm quietness and confidence in the presence and provision of our Good Shepherd even though we might be in the middle of wars, troubles and tribulations.
Thus, we need “not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” [Phil. 4:6-7]
Thank You precious Saviour, that You Yourself always give us peace in every situation. [2 Thess. 3:16] May the Aaronic blessing in Numbers 6:25-26 be our reality – “May the LORD cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Thank You for Psalm 29:11 – “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.” Thank You that we can rely upon You, our Prince of Peace whose presence gives us amazing peace in all circumstances. We cherish you very much!