We greet each other with “Shalom or “Peace” because it is something everyone wants. What is true peace?
The Bible talks about many kinds of peace − inner peace, peace with men, peace with God and even false peace.
Peace is a gift from God.
He created it (Isaiah 45:7), gave it to the land for Israel to dwell in (Leviticus 26:6), blessed people with it for their obedience (Isaiah 32:17), made a covenant of peace with individuals (Malachi 2:5) and offers it to those who trust Him.
Sadly, peace is sometimes counterfeited.
Deceitful men offer peace with an agenda of evil (Obadiah 1:7). False prophets proclaim peace while God is actually proclaiming judgment (Ezekiel 13:10-16). Most horribly, the Bible says there will be no peace for the wicked (Isaiah 48:22). In our sinful state, we are enemies with God (Romans 5:10).
God promised a Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) to be given to the world.
In the Book of Isaiah, there is a consistent message that God will send Him as the Messiah. In the latter part of the book, this character was revealed again as the One who would come to proclaim peace, take the punishment for our sin (Isaiah 53:5) and make it possible for us to have peace with God.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, the Messiah died for us.” Romans 5:8
Because of His sacrifice, we can be restored to a relationship of peace with God (Romans 5:1). This is the deep, abiding peace between our hearts and our Creator that cannot be taken away (John 10:27-28) and the ultimate fulfillment of the Messiah’s work as “Prince of Peace.”
Yeshua 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 heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
This is the true peace God gives to us through His Son, Yeshua the Messiah.