In Hebrew, the word peace is “Shalom” and it means “wholeness, healing, prosperity, unity.” It means nothing missing, nothing lacking. We have access to life in its entirety. Paul wrote about peace this:
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 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. (Eph. 2:14-18)
Jesus is our peace. While we were once separated from others, Jesus united us all in Himself and made us one. Look again at Ephesians 2:14-18 in The Passion Translation:
Our reconciling “Peace” is Jesus! He has made Jew and non-Jew one in Christ. By dying as our sacrifice, he has broken down every wall of prejudice that separated us and has now made us equal through our union with Christ. Ethnic hatred has been dissolved by the crucifixion of his precious body on the cross. The legal code that stood condemning every one of us has now been repealed by his command. His triune essence has made peace between us by starting over—forming one new race of humanity, Jews and non-Jews fused together!
Two have now become one, and we live restored to God and reconciled in the body of Christ. Through his crucifixion, hatred died. For the Messiah has come to preach this sweet message of peace to you, the ones who were distant, and to those who are near. And now, because we are united to Christ, we both have equal and direct access in the realm of the Holy Spirit to come before the Father!
We have peace with God and from God because “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. …” (Romans 5:1). He is our Peace. “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” (Is. 9:6). The prince of peace is our Lord and Savior. This is our message: God is not at war with mankind. He is at peace with us. Jesus took our curse so we could be in right relationship with God. We have been washed and sanctified and restored to a new life relationship with Jesus. God is no longer our enemy, He is our friend. He’s not mad at us, He’s in love with us.