“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 ESV)
The Hebrew word for “peace” is “shalom”.
Here’s what it means: completeness, soundness, welfare, safety, soundness (in body), health, prosperity, quiet, tranquillity, contentment, friendship, of human relationships with God especially in covenant relationship.
In other words, He (Jesus, according to Matt 8:16,17) was crushed, beaten, chastised, and hung out to die in our place so we could be all He originally created us to be.
Whole, complete, righteous in God’s sight; as though sin NEVER existed before in our lives.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)
Incredible, so far beyond anyone’s imagination or comprehension, is His love for you and I.
Then, just to show the devil he completely lost his authority over mankind (those who would become children of faith), God raised Jesus from the grave! The empty tomb itself joins in with all creation proclaiming Jesus is Lord.
Paul declared, “He Himself (Jesus) is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14).
The Greek word for “peace” is “eirene”, and corresponds in meaning to the word “shalom” in the Hebrew.
The apostle also wrote: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15 ESV).
Another translation reads, “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15 AMP)
Act as an umpire? Yes. The Greek word for “rule” means to “arbitrate, to decide, to call the shots”. In other words, let God’s peace (His wholeness, etc.) call the shots when you have issues in your heart and mind. Don’t let anything push you away from God’s love and care for you.
After all, He IS our peace. He is YOUR peace!
Now God’s question to you and I is this:
What are YOU believing and declaring?