1 Chronicles 12:18
Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said,
“We are yours, O David;
and with you, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
and peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.” Then David received them, and made them officers of his troops.
In a spiritual sense, Christians say to Jesus (Son of David) what Amasai said in a literal sense to David. It is worth noting that Amasai proclaimed “peace” and was promptly made a soldier by David. So are we. The Christian life is one long fight–with sin, with powers and principalities, with our own inclinations to do evil, sometimes it is even–literally–a military fight, as St. Joan of Arc can tell you. Peace is therefore a much deeper reality than the mere absence of conflict. It is often something given in the midst of conflict. It is often given in order to enable us to fight the good fight. Jesus knew peace (“not my will but thine be done”) in the hour he decisively chose death. This is truly not peace as the world gives. But peace it is: the peace of the God of Battles who has conquered sin, hell, and death.