In our crazy, hectic world it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of life. Job challenges. Family responsibilities. We search to find the opposite of chaos. Namely, we search for peace. The word comes from the Latin word pax that referred to a time of stability or security. Life is full of ups and downs and most times might feel anything but stable or secure. That’s why this next gift that Jesus offers is really unique. The PEACE of Jesus reaches into our hearts past the stresses and fears of this life and calms our souls. His peace stabilizes the frantic pace of our daily grind and lets us know that we have true security.
When I get my child a gift, I usually go to the store and buy a game or toy that someone else made. But, when Jesus gives a gift, He is author and creator of the gift! For example, the prophet Isaiah called Jesus the Prince of Peace! So when Jesus offers us the gift of His peace, it is so much more than a feeling. In the New Testament book of Colossians, the apostle Paul wrote, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” He’s saying over every other desire, pursuit, or passion, let the beautiful gift of the Lord’s peace reign.
To the church in Corinth, Paul wrote that our God is the God of love and peace and that he is with us (2 Corinthians 13:11). To the church at Ephesus, Paul said that Jesus is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). To the church at Philippi, Paul states, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) The gift of our Lord’s peace will saturate our hearts and will protect our minds. It will help us realize that anything that brings discord is not from God.
There’s more. This gift of peace that our Savior made by his blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20) is such a key gift for our time on earth that the Bible displays its importance across the Testaments. Ezekiel shows us how God talks about the covenant of peace He makes with his children (Ezekiel 34:25) and the early church was reminded of the same: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
Jesus, our precious savior, had beautiful words for us about the gift of His peace. “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.” When we spend our days in Jesus (in His Word and prayer) instead of wandering around the world’s gift shops looking for earthly treasure, we will have peace. Praise His holy name!
Jesus has overcome every bad day we will ever have. He has overcome every pain we may ever suffer. And, praise be to the Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ has overcome death! Let us cherish and live each of our days in His gift of peace.