The Hebrew shalom is a universal greeting; it means “peace, a complete state of well being.” But the New Testament significantly expands the concept of peace. And when the angels announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds, they said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased” (Luke 2:14).
Anyone can have peace when the sun is shining and everything is going great. But the peace that God offers is peace that controls our hearts and keeps us calm, even when everything around us is raging. Experience His peace afresh this Christmas—the peace of Jesus Christ Himself, the Child that is born, the Son that is given, and the One that will someday rule the world. All of government will weigh upon His shoulders, and He will handle it perfectly! And His children will be part of that kingdom.
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father—and today, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).