“For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2:14).
Peace. What is it?
For many peace is an ideal, a concept.
Merriam-Webster defines peace in this way:
- State of tranquility or quiet
- freedom from civil disturbance
- a state of security or order within a community
- Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
- Harmony in personal relations
- A state or period of mutual concord between governments; a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war
The peace that our world knows is an ideal, a concept.
The peace that God offers us is not like that at all. In fact the right question to ask regarding peace is not “What is peace?” but “Who is peace?” As far as God is concerned, peace is a person. The person has a name. His name is Jesus, the Christ, the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord.
The peace that God offers us is Jesus. It is Jesus who makes all things right. It is Jesus who makes all people right with God. It is Jesus who is able to unite all people. It is Jesus who is able to give us the peace that we so long for.
At the announcement of the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, the angel choir sang, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14).
Peace comes through Jesus. Jesus is our peace.
“For he is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14).
Do you know him? Are you spending time with him? There is peace in no one else. Jesus is the source of peace.