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How Is It Possible to Have Peace?

August 29, 2016

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

Question: How is it possible to have peace “at all times and in every way”?  Answer: Because Jesus is “the Lord of peace.”  Yes, but what does that mean?

Christ has peace. That is why he was able to say to his disciples, “My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Jesus Christ has peace in himself and that is why he is able to give it to you.

Christ makes peace. This is why he came into the world. He came to make peace between God and us.  That’s why angels said, “peace to men,” when they announced Jesus’ birth.  This is why he was born.  How has he made this peace?  “By the blood of his cross” (Col. 1:20).

Christ gives peace. Jesus Christ is the Lord of peace. That means he has command over it. Peace goes where he sends it.  And he is able to send it to you.

The most obvious illustration of this is when Jesus was in a boat with the disciples.  A storm blew up – the Sea of Galilee was in turmoil, and Christ says, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39, KJV). As he speaks, he imparts peace to the lake!  Paul says, “This is what I am asking Christ to do for you!  May the Lord of peace give you peace!”

Christ is Lord over peace – he commands it, gives it, and sends it.  He says to peace, “Go fill the heart of that person in great turmoil.”  Notice, this is something Christ does himself: “May the Lord of peace himself give you peace…”  This is a direct ministry of Christ to your soul.

Which of these do you find most encouraging?  Why?

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The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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