Peace can sometimes seem elusive in our busy, noisy, and messy worlds.
Too often we look outside of ourselves longing for peace. With aching hearts, we wait for our circumstances and feelings to change in some way so we can reach out for peace. We strive, we grasp, only to find that what we think is peace slowly slips through our fingers like sand.
Peace doesn’t depend on our circumstances. It doesn’t depend on what’s happening in the world around us. It doesn’t even depend on how we are feeling. Peace depends on a Person.
Peace is a Person. Peace is Jesus. He is called the Prince of Peace.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Paul writes in the book of Ephesians that Jesus himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).
Realising that the Prince of Peace actually lives in us, enables us to embrace a peace that passes all understanding.
Remaining in the Prince of Peace not only gives us peace but allows us to be carriers of peace wherever we go. We can be carriers of peace in the noise, mess, and busyness around us because we are being carried by the Prince of Peace.
The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. Shalom is more than just a good feeling. Shalom is wholeness/completeness – nothing broken and nothing missing.
In the risen Prince of Peace there is nothing broken and nothing missing.
Jesus, our wholeness, completes us as human beings. Jesus, our source of peace, enables us to be all we are meant to be.
Living with peace is to live in the very presence of the One who is peace.
Opening the door to the One who is shalom in every situation we face, invites peace to control our thoughts, words, responses, and actions.
After Jesus’ resurrection, He found His disciples huddled in an upstairs room full of fear. Walking through a locked door, unnerving them even more, Jesus said
‘Peace be with you’.
Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!’ ‘My Lord and my God!’ Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.’
Fear fuels unbelief and robs peace. Fear sows seeds of doubt and insecurity. It undermines, paralyses, disarms, and confuses carriers of peace. But when fear bows to faith, peace can rule.
Jesus encouraged Thomas to place his finger in His wounds. Wounds caused by suffering brought healing to Thomas’ mind, heart, and emotions. Wounds inflicted because of unbelief, anger, and fear released peace.
Jesus’ wounds still bring healing and peace today.
Places of fear, hurt, confusion, turmoil, unforgiveness, and unbelief turn to peace when they collide with the wounds of the One who IS peace.
The cross opens the door to the Prince of Peace inviting us to come near (Colossians 3:15). We all qualify to enter. The choice is ours.
The Prince of Peace was wounded to qualify the disqualified.
The work of the cross defeats fear and unbelief and fuels peace and faith.
His wounds, releasing healing and peace, woo us into wholeness. Wholeness is recognising that we are wounded. Wholeness is allowing His wounds to cover our wounds so that we won’t wound. Wholeness is giving away what we have been given: Healing. Peace.
Fixated on the One who is Peace eradicates shame and condemnation leaving us unashamed and clothed in righteousness.
This righteousness is our peace [internal and external], our quietness and confident trust forever. (Isaiah 32:17)
Paul said to the Christians at Philippi:
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
The greatest gift we could ever receive is peace of mind and peace of heart. The giver of this gift is Peace Himself. He gives Himself. Peace. Perfect peace.
Peace is embracing the One who stilled the waves and calmed the storm, the One who comforted the broken and sat with the hurting, the One who healed the sick and loved the unlovely, the One who fed the hungry and ate with sinners.
Nothing we face is beyond the One who is the Prince of Peace.
We can have perfect peace today, tomorrow, next week, next year. Peace is not elusive. Peace is not a perfect plan or a perfect place.
Peace is a perfect person. Peace is not elusive and it won’t slip through our fingers. Because Peace is JESUS.