These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.—John 16:33
Peace must be a big deal to God since it’s mentioned over 400 times in the Bible. But doesn’t life seem to come pre-charged with stress, anxiety, and angst? With the economy, health issues, our society’s moral decay, and [insert your personal junk here], you’d think we’d all be walking around with Valium IV-drips.
Yet the Lord includes peace right along with love, joy, and six other qualities in the fruit of the spirit role call (Galatians 5:22). Jesus Himself was fond of saying, “Go in peace” and “Peace be unto you.” And most of the epistles seem to have some variation of “Grace and peace be unto you…” You can look it up.
On that extraordinary night when heaven broke open and angels filled the sky proclaiming the birth of our Savior, I imagine they could have declared all sorts of amazing things about Jesus, the King of the Universe. What they said was, “Peace on earth . . .” Peace. A key ingredient of His Kingdom, right along with righteousness and joy (Romans 14:17).
Jesus is frank about this world and its fallen state. He never says following Him is easy or that everything will be peachy-keen after casting our cares on Him. But He does say that we should be hopeful, optimistic…of good cheer. Regardless of what may happen to us in this world, Jesus has overcome it all through His sacrifice. His name is mightier than anything that can come against us. That knowledge alone brings us peace.
Yes, let there be peace on earth. And let it begin in each of us.