Jesus: the Peace
In the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), the word “shalom” means peace, wholeness, health, welfare, safety soundness, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest and harmony. In the Old Testament are the following prophecies about the Prince of Peace: “I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly" (Psalm 85:8). “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed” (Psalm 85:10). "Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble" (Psalm 119:165). "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" (Isaiah 9:6). "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength" (Isaiah 26:3-4). "The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places" (Isaiah 32:17-18). "Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: 'I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea' " (Isaiah 48:17-18). "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all you heart" (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Fulfilled prophecies by Jesus Christ
The New Testament is written in Greek and the word “eirene” means unity, peace between individuals, harmony, security, safety and prosperity. Peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous. In the New Testament are the following fulfillments that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace: "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!'" (Luke 2:13-14). God's goodwill in sending Jesus Christ, brought peace into our lower world. Peace is for all that good which flows to us from Jesus Christ. "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Peace is put for all good, and Jesus Christ wants to give all the promised good and peace of mind. Jesus Christ calls his peace, for Jesus Christ himself is the peace of mankind. The peace of Jesus Christ widely differs from that of the world, as is shown by its holy effects. "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 in Jesus Christ is the only true peace, in him alone believers have it. Through Jesus Christ we have peace with God. We are encouraged because Jesus Christ has overcome the world before us. "Peace be with you. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord" (John 20:19-20). "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Because God is perfect, he is also righteous. Therefore God cannot be at peace with someone who has committed any sin. Justification takes away the guilt, and so makes way for peace. This is through Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the great peace-maker, the mediator between God and man. “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation” (Ephesians 2:14). “For He Himself is our peace” means that Jesus Christ has made peace. It is telling us how Jesus Christ makes peace. Jesus Christ is the peace of mankind, because he is the origin of peace. Jesus Christ came, made and preached peace. “And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:17-18). “And He came and preached peace to you" means that Jesus Christ preached to you. Jesus Christ promised the Holy Spirit to all believers in him. The preaching about peace is by the Holy Spirit. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). “Spirit in the bond of peace” means a peace-loving spirit, maintaining peace, seeking things and to care for peace. Therefore we need moral improvement and spiritual guidance. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus Christ fulfilled as Prince of Peace personal salvation by his sacrifice on the cross for the sin of mankind. So, Jesus Christ provides eternal peace for us. Every new born believer has the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives goodness, pleasure and peace. "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Peace and harmony can be received by starting a personal relation with Jesus Christ.