Prophecies of peace are fulfilled in the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Peace is real. Jesus wants me to experience peace. I receive peace through Jesus, my Master, and the salvation He achieved for me. I don’t understand it but it is true and it is real.
Jesus tells two women He heals to “go in peace” — referring to messianic peace. “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).
And Jesus came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near. | Ephesians 2:17 (NASB)
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).
Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is a great gift in my life. Without the peace and love of Jesus, I am desperate and lost. Anxiety fills the void. Not with Jesus. Now that is some good news!
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.
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).
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 — 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.”