Peace Enters The New Testament
God being peace isn’t just an Old Testament thing. Peace continues to be a theme in the New Testament. In the New Testament, written in Greek, the word for peace is eirene. The usage of peace encompasses the same idea of a spiritual peace or well-being, but also includes restoration, reconciliation, and salvation.
Because we know God is peace, we should also recognize that Jesus (God the Son) is also peace. The prophet Isaiah, was empowered to prophesy about the birth of Christ and identify Him as our source of peace, having the authority to also give peace.
Isaiah 9:6 —
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.
Peace On Earth
When Jesus was born, there was the angelic announcement made to local shepherds out in the fields guarding their flock.
Luke 2:8-14 — Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 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!”
I believe the angels could say “on earth peace” because true peace had been birthed into the world. This was not an announcement that all the hard times in the world had ended or all the fighting and division in the world had ended. In fact, great conflict was going to break out as a result of Jesus’ arrival. This announcement was of a new hope for those who would come to believe in Christ. The possibility for reconciliation and restoration back to God, peace with God, had been born. Peace was on earth and would now walk among us.
Reflect on Jesus and the peace he brings during this week, and have a very Merry Christmas!
Question: What one action will you take this Christmas week to acquaint yourself more with Jesus?