Growing up in the sixties and seventies gave me a first hand view of the peace sign used by anti-war protestors and many others. Those two fingers signifying peace was all about being against war. Though being against war is good, the peace that Jesus speaks of is far more than the absence of hostilities. The peace of Christ is more about what is happening inside of you than what is happening around you. Ultimately, biblical peace is all about the presence of Jesus being lived out in your life.
When Jesus comes walking among his people, nothing remains the same. His presence brings his peace. Anxiety and fear have no place to hide when Jesus is near. Knowing of the fear of the Apostles, Jesus’ first words to them after the Resurrection were, “Peace be with you” (Lk.24:36). He is still saying that to his followers today. In the midst of our fears, worries, and anxieties, the Son of God is still speaking His peace.
Jesus warned us that in this world we would have tribulation. That’s why it is so important for us to draw near to the Lord in prayer. When we do so, he promises to draw near to us (James 4:8). In his presence there is the peace we so desperately need. When Jesus makes a promise, you can count on its fulfillment. “Peace I leave with you; my peace O give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (Jn.14:27).