Now may the Lord of shalom Himself give you (His) shalom always, in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Complete Jewish Bible
One of my favorite words is the word SHALOM. It is a great word and it reminds me of God the Father because although it is one word, it means many things and they are all GOOD just like God the Father. According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. Now think about this? If you had to live life and all you had was Jesus and Shalom, do you think you could be content and happy and at total peace? I can. I mean look at the meaning….EVERYTHING is there.
This is how Jesus lived while here on the Earth. He lived in complete wholeness and complete health. You cannot find one scripture in the BIble where Jesus was sick one day (until He bore our diseases on the Cross). Jesus was never in lack. He lived in complete prosperity and abundance at all times. Jesus lived in freedom from agitation or discord. Even when people were trying to kill him, Jesus was just as calm and composed, staying in the Love of God as if he was walking through a flower garden. How did He do this? SHALOM. Shalom is a great and powerful blessing from Jesus that just like His Name is given to us. Look at what Jesus said.
“What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you My shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.” John 14:27 Complete Jewish Bible
That word ‘leaving’ there means to send away. Jesus sent shalom away from Himself and then gave (which means to offer) His very own Shalom to us. He sent His Shalom away because He did not need it where He was going. In Heaven there is no sickness so you don’t need health. There is no lack or poverty there so you don’t need prosperity in Heaven. There is no danger in Heaven so there is no need for safety. However here on Earth, there is sickness, danger and lack that exist as a lie. But through Christ, Shalom exist as the truth for those who believe and receive His Shalom. So in our opening text Paul prayed a prayer that Jesus had already answered,….by leaving and giving us His Shalom. Paul also called Him Who He is, The Lord of Shalom. It’s not a lesser version or quality of Shalom than what Jesus had. It is the exact same Shalom that Jesus had. His very own personal Shalom. And it is yours for the taking. The word receive is the greek word lambano and it means to take.
BE SURE TO RECEIVE HIS SHALOM!!!
All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!