Jesus’ Peace is Yours

by Lester Young

What do you normally think of when you hear the word peace? Most folks – especially us “Westerners” – don’t take it much farther than the modern “standard” definition: freedom from argument, disturbance, conflict or violence. But the concept actually encompasses so much more than just the lack of hostility or abstract feelings of tranquility. Real Biblical ‘peace’ – from the Hebrew word shalowm – also includes all of these good things: physical safety, wellness (that is, good health), prosperity, happiness, friendliness, favor, wholeness and general good welfare.

So when Jesus told us He was giving us His peace, He was actually leaving quite an endowment for us to benefit from (John 14:27). It contains everything that pertains both to life down here on earth and also to godliness (2 Peter 1:2-4). But how could He actually do that? How could Jesus give you and me the peace He enjoyed with His Father; Who is, of course, the God – i.e., the Source – of all peace?
(Hebrews 13:20)

The fact of the matter is that for us to experience the same peace the Lord Jesus had with the Father, we need to have the same relationship with Him Jesus did. Well, if you’re in Christ, the truth is you do! You’ve been translated from darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son, and you also happen to be a cherished part of that dear Son’s Body (Colossians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 12:27). You’ve been raised up and seated with that dear Son – on the same Throne He’s sitting on – in Heaven (Ephesians 2:6; John 17:24). God loves you just as much as He loves that dear Son – and if you do what that dear Son tells you, you’ll find yourself in the exact same position of love, blessing, favor and protection that Jesus dwelled in with His Father (John 2:5, 17:23, 15:10).

Jesus’ Peace Package brings wholeness and soundness to every area of life; so that nothing will be missing, nothing will be broken and everything will be working right (as in ‘righteous’), just as it should be. Now it doesn’t guarantee you’ll never have any challenges, but it does promise you’ll always be well-equipped to handle anything and everything that rises up against you (John 16:33). How can we adequately describe all that’s included in the peace of Jesus? Actually, one word can sum it up nicely: Rest (Matthew 11:28-20). And isn’t that what God originally meant for us from the Beginning? (Genesis 2:3; Mark 2:27; Hebrews 4:3, 9-10)

 

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