Shalom in the Cross

When God of peace is in your heart … you will have peace in your heart.

In general parlance ‘peace’ means the absence of conflict or war. Conflict denotes conflict between two individuals or conflict with God. War is the conflict between two countries. Conflict with others, conflict with God disturbs your peace. Hence, we should learn how to be right with others and how to be right with God. If you are right with God, you will be right with others. It brings peace unto you. Ronald Reagan, who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989, said, “Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

The Bible speaks about ‘Shalom’. Shalom is the word used as salutation by Jews at meeting or parting. In its purest sense, shalom means ‘peace’. When one person greets another with a salute of ‘shalom’ it means literally saying, ‘Peace unto you’, ‘May you be full of well-being’ or ‘May health and prosperity be upon you’. Shalom is cognate with the Arabic-language salaam.

Another definition of peace is ‘a quiet heart’; ‘to sit down in one’s heart’ is another synonym for the word shalom. The Hebrew Bible uses this significant word, shalom. Peace doesn’t mean merely the absence of trouble. Shalom doesn’t mean, “I hope you don’t get into any trouble”. In the Old Testament, Jehovah-Shalom occurs only once in Judges 6:24.

Judges 6:24 – Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD and called it Jehovah Shalom [that is, The Lord sends peace].

The New Testament speaks of two kinds of peace –

  • The peace that has to do with your relationship to God, and
  • The peace that has to do with your experience in life.

God withdraws His peace from His people: The natural man lacks peace with God. We all come into the world fighting against God because we are a part of the rebellion that started with Adam and Eve. Romans 5:10 says, We were enemies of God. We fought against God, and everything we did has militated against His commandments. A sinner cannot reach the holy presence of God. No one can restore you from the broken relationship with God, no one can bring you into the peaceful relationship with God and no one can end our enmity with God. Jeremiah 6:14 says, “They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace.” In other words, they tried to patch up their evil ways and then said, “Peace, peace, everything is okay.” When we were in sinful nature, God has withdrawn His peace. Jeremiah 16:5 says ‘I have withdrawn My peace from this people, declares the Lord’.

Our peace with God restored in Cross: But our hostility ended in the cross and we are no more sinners. Our relationship with God is restored in the cross. We cease to be enemies of God. Our sins are forgiven, rebellion ceases, the war is over, and we have peace with God. Good news is that the natural man who was at war with God is now made to be at peace with Him. God reconciled you in His blood. Colossians 1:20-22 says that Christ ‘made peace through the blood of His cross… And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.’ In Ephesians 6: 15 the good news of salvation is ‘the preparation of the gospel to peace’. Romans 5:1 says, ‘Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God’. Paul says we are no longer enemies but are at peace because we are reconciled.

  • Cross is the place where we lost our animosity with God.
  • Cross is the place where our rebellion against God ceased.
  • Cross is the place of reconciliation with the God through the blood of Christ.
  • Cross is the place where God restored our relation with Him.
  • Cross is the place where unholy sinner become righteous.
  • Cross is the place where the Gospel of peace proclaimed.
  • Cross is the place where we are justified by faith to have peace with God.

He is God of peace: Philippians 4:9, Those things which ye have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do, and the God of peace shall be with you. Romans 16:20, And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

He is the God of Love and Peace: II Corinthians 13:11, Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

He is the author of peace: I Corinthians 14:33.…for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as it is in all churches of the saints.

Peace cometh from Him: II Corinthians 1:2, Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

His peace will guard you: What will happen when we receive “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding?” The Bible says that it will “guard” our hearts and our minds. (Philippians 4:7)

The original-language word for “guard” was a military expression that referred to a group of soldiers who were assigned to protect a city. The people living in the city of Philippi were guarded by such a group. They could sleep well at night knowing that their city was protected. In a similar way, when we have “the peace of God,” we do not worry and our hearts and minds can rest. We know that Jehovah cares for us and wants us to succeed. (1 Peter 5:10) And that protects us from feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or discouragement.

‘The peace of God’ can help us to endure trials with full trust in God. ‘The peace of God’ is more wonderful than we can imagine. While at times we do not know the solution to our problems, God does. And He can do the unexpected.​ The burden of Christ before his crucifixion is to give peace unto us. John 14: 27 said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Jehovah Shalom be with you all.

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.( Romans – 15: 33)

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