For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will beno end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
(Isaiah 9:6-7, NKJ)
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
(Luke 2:13-14, NKJ)
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” (John 14:27, Amp.)
Yes, the Lord Jesus truly is OUR PEACE!! He has come to bring peace on earth, and that peace takes many forms:
- Peace with God… which results in:
- Peace with Ourselves;
- Peace with Others;
- Peace among Nations;
- Peace with our Enemies.
The word for peace in the Old Testament is SHALOM. This is the Hebrew greeting, just like we say, “Hello!”, “Hi” or in Oz, “G’day!” But it is much more than that.
When someone greets you with “Shalom”, he is actually pronouncing a blessing on you, a blessing of completeness, of wholeness, of peace, of health, of welfare, of safety, of soundness, of tranquility, of prosperity, of perfectness, of fullness, of rest, of harmony, of the absence of agitation or discord.
And this very peace, this SHALOM, is what Jesus has given and bequeathed to us.
Add to this the Greek word which is EIRENE. It is a state of rest, quietness, and calmness; an absence of strife; tranquility. In other words it is a perfect well-being. This peace can only start with the Prince of Peace for those who call upon Him for personal salvation.
When the heart is at peace with God, then all other things fall into place. Then we become complete and whole, and in harmony with ourselves and the rest of the world.
For more reading, check out these previous blog posts based on this text in Isalah about peace of mind:
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isa 26:3, ESV)
- The Creative Imagination;
- Perfect Peace;
- Balancing Act.
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