Here are three, I hope, simple illustrations about peace from the Bible that you can use.
Peace Between God and Man
At one time, we were all enemies of God. We had been separated from a holy God by our sins (Isaiah 59:2) but that infinite gap could only be closed by the cross of Christ. Without Christ, it would be like us expecting to jump in a single bound the width of the Grand Canyon. It would be humanly impossible but with God, all things are possible; without Him, nothing is possible (Matt 19:26). The fact is, without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5) and that nothing doesn’t mean a little something. How was a holy God going to have our sins dealt with? It couldn’t be done by any works at all (Eph 2:8-9) but it took Christ alone and faith in Him alone. Romans chapter five would be a great chapter about God making peace between Himself and us. Romans 5:1 says “we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It was “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Rom 5:10). By placing the wrath of God on Christ on our behalf, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8) and “we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God” (Rom 5:9). The wrath of God was satisfied in Christ and the amazing thing is that Christ willingly died for sinners who would repent and believe in Him (John 3:36). The wrath of God is more potent than we can imagine and thankfully we won’t have to experience it to know what that is like. That’s because Jesus “was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace” (Isaiah 53:5). It is peace for us because of the war of wrath on Christ at the cross. That was the only way possible that God could be at peace with us. There is no other way at all (Acts 4:12).
Jesus: Our Peace Offering
In Isaiah 53 we see one of the most powerful demonstrations about how God was able to, in Christ, make peace between us and Him. Christ did the heavy lifting we could not, which is seen by the prophet Isaiah and one wonders if Isaiah fully knew just how much Christ was to suffer because words cannot fully explain what Christ went through. Look at what Christ bore upon Himself, voluntarily, so that we are able to have peace with God.
Isaiah 53:4 “he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; smitten by God, and afflicted.”
Too heavy for us to bear, only He could carry our griefs and sorrows. We could not.
Isaiah 53:6b “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
What was laid on Him should have been laid on us, which is all of our sins or iniquities.
Isaiah 53:7 “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth, like a lamb that is led to the slaughter.”
The silent Lamb of God was led, really by His own volition, to the slaughter that we were headed to, except for God’s grace.
Isaiah 53:8, 10 “that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt.”
The Garden of Gethsemane is comes from the Greek word “Gethsēmani” which means “an oil press” so this crushing in the garden of the “oil press” was necessary for “the Lord to crush Him” and put Him to grief and made His own soul (literally “physical life”) the offering for guilt; not His but ours. Christ’s suffering really started in the Garden well before the crucifixion and the cross, as He agonized, sweating great drops of blood (Luke 22:44).
Isaiah 53:12 “because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.”
Again, we see the image of an offering. His life was poured out, His soul to death, and for the sins of many, He bore them and then made his life as an “intercession for the transgressors” (that would be us). Today He still intercedes for us before God (John 17:20-23) so it is no surprise that “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:25). It’s as if Jesus Himself was placed into what is called the “winepress of the wrath of God” (Rev 14:19-20) but the difference is Jesus didn’t earn God’s wrath for He was sinless.
The Peace Jesus Gives
Jesus tells the disciples before He was about to go and die on the cross and then go back to the Father that He gives them peace and the peace He gives is nothing like that which the world gives (John 14:27). They didn’t feel peaceful at all about Jesus’ decision to leave but it was to their advantage that He would leave because then the Helper, the Holy Spirit, could come and dwell with them all simultaneously (John 16:7). This was something Jesus could not do during His earthly ministry. He could only be at one place at a time in His humanity, but the Spirit of God, which is also God, is omnipresent and can be in all places at the same time. Jesus, while in His human body, could not do so, even though He was still God.
Even after Jesus death and resurrection, when they were still somewhat fearful, He appeared to them, which we read about in John 20:19 “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ Once more Jesus said to them again ‘Peace be with you’” (John 20:21). The importance of the peace was that they now have the peace of God because Jesus made peace for them before God. We see the word peace being emphasized because Jesus repeats it twice. Anytime something is repeated twice in the Bible, it is of supreme importance. Jesus didn’t want them to miss His point. The word used for “peace” is not typically what the Jews used for the word peace but rather the Greek word is “eirēnē” and means “a state of national tranquility” or “peace between individuals” so the word Jesus uses for peace is one that would have been used to describe a peace that’s been established between nations or between one party and a plurality of others. That’s important to know. The thought behind this could be that collectively, they all now have peace with God and it’s not just a peaceful mind Jesus is talking about but a peace between them and God and that they are now in a state of tranquility in their relationship with God because of the work Jesus did on Calvary.
There is little peace anywhere in the world today but for the believer in Jesus Christ, they have the only real peace that matters and that’s the peace that Christ brought and bought with His own body. We who have repented and placed our trust in Christ are now at peace with God. The end of hostilities is over due to the sufficiency of God’s wrath being placed on the sinless Christ on behalf of sinful creatures. There is no peace like the peace of God after having made peace with God.