Have you ever known someone who exuded a mysterious supernatural calm in the face of great adversity or chaos? Perhaps you have been in a situation and an inexplicable almost “slow motion” feeling of an extraordinary deep peace felt palpable to you?
This is the essence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Person of Peace, Jesus Christ. This is what he said “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26, 27 NIV84)
The Holy Spirit is the Peace. The presence of the Spirit actually manifests what Christ said he left here for us. So when we ask for Peace we are calling on the Spirit to manifest itself in the personhood of Peace. This is the real tangible presence that we can know in the midst of crisis.
The disciples were in a crisis, terrified after Christ’s death that they were going to face the same cruel fate on the cross as he did. They huddled up together trying to cope with the situation.
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:19, 21 NIV84)
Jesus has to tell them twice – “Peace be with you!” While not good grammar in the translation he is saying “I am Peace, I am with you!” Jesus is Peace.
When we are in a crisis our response says more about our relationship with Peace than about our ability to handle the situation. God wants to manifest Himself in our worst circumstances. Christ sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf that we will seek their Trinity presence in everything. The will to surrender our hearts and minds is the greater challenge.
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:14-18 NIV84)
He preached Peace – the manifest of God with us! Perhaps instead of asking WHAT is peace we should be asking WHO. When we cry out to God, I need your peace… expect the Trinity to show up!