The most prevalent focus to the concept of peace in the New Testament is the messianic peace accomplished by the Messiah and experienced by the Church. “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (Acts 9:31).
In the Old Testament, the concept of messianic peace referred to both the absence of hostilities and a reconciled relationship with God and others in the context of the new creation.
This messianic peace comes to fruition in the New Testament in Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection. Jesus brings peace to my soul and my life.
These prophecies of peace are fulfilled in the coming of Jesus the Messiah He also tells the women, “your faith has saved (σῴζω, sōzō) you,” which refers to both their having been physically healed and having received salvation by faith (Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50.
Jesus tells two women He heals to “go in peace”—referring to messianic peace.
Jesus also proclaimed the good news of peace to Israel. “The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus the Messiah (He is Master of all)” (Acts 10:36) Compare Isa 52:7; Eph 2:17, referring to the new and reconciled relationship to God and others that had dawned in His ministry (compare Eph 6:15).
The crowd’s praise at Jesus’ triumphal entry likewise connects Jesus with messianic peace: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Master! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38).
Ephesians 2:17 (NASB) — And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near.
Isaiah 9:6–7 (NASB) — For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
Micah 5:2–5 (NASB) — “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Therefore He will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel. And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the Lord, In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth. This One will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, When he tramples on our citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of men.
Zechariah 9:9–10 (NASB) — Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.
Luke 2:25–32 (NASB) — And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord, the Messiah. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
Is there a provision of peace through Jesus the Messiah’s coming? Oh my goodness yes. Consider the stunning angels’ declaration at Jesus’ birth, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace” (Luke 2:14) connects His arrival with messianic peace. It is beautiful.
Luke 2:10–14 (NASB) — But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is the Messiah the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”