Updated: Apr 27, 2021
Below is an excerpt taken from Sina’s session on Jesus as our Prince of Peace, from Beyond the Manger 2020.
In John 14:27 Jesus, as he was nearing the time of his crucifixion, told his disciples, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
And then, just as Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 53:5: "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."
How can this be? This verse is telling us that He was crushed for our sin - that violent, painful NON-PEACEFUL death that He endured was for our peace. And the word used there, in Hebrew? 'Shalom'.
The word 'shalom' appears over 200 times in the Bible and some of its meanings are: "completeness, wholeness, rest, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, harmony, lack of worry, the absence of agitation or discord"
Jesus Christ Himself is our Prince of Peace. Our wellbeing, or peace, rests squarely on His shoulders and what He accomplished by going to the cross and being resurrected from the grave.
Friends, I think it has been so easy this year to simply make it through the days. It has definitely seemed like a season of surviving, not thriving, for many. As I scroll through social media, read the news, or overhear conversations between people (including myself), there is such a sense of a lack of peace. So much worry, so much discord - whether it's internal conflict, in relationships, between countries, political discord, racial discord...honestly the list goes on.
So how can we know Jesus as our Prince of Peace, in the midst of a world that is lacking peace?
Of Primary Importance
We must acknowledge that Jesus is not simply a representation, teacher, or proclaimer of peace, but He IS peace. He IS shalom. That is a part of His character. Just like He IS love, peace flows from Him because it is a part of who He is.
Romans 5:1 tells us that "therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" and Colossians 1:19-20, talking again about Jesus, "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."
The Beginning of Peace
Peace begins when we encounter Jesus, the one who reconciles us to God through the Cross.
The peace of God is more than just the absence of hostility. Jesus' sacrifice ended the hostility between us and God, that overcame the Kingdom of darkness. When we put our faith in Christ, His peace brings reconciliation. Peace in this life - not easiness or lack of trials, but peace in all situations. Our Prince of Peace, the One who came to die, to reconcile us to the Father. Peace in this life and the one to come.
When we were far from God, separated because of our sin, hostile even to God's Kingdom - He sent His son - the Prince of Peace, 'Sar Shalom'- as the One who would become our peace offering. In Him, we are reconciled to God. Peace as a Christian is the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation.
*Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are taken from the New American Standard Bible
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