It was not an offering to obtain peace but a celebration of the peace that was already in place between the worshipper and God.
The peace in this context is not really referring to an absence of war and strife or a time of silence and reflection, but more about reconciliation. The peace offering was a fellowship offering and was all about communion with God. We are at peace with God and in harmony with Him. The Israelites understood this through animal sacrifices but that was just a shadow. The reality and fullness of that peace and reconciliation is realised only through Jesus Christ.
As we consider the forthcoming Christmas season, a verse that is well used at this time is:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
The New Testament is full of references to Jesus being our peace. It was announced when He was born:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14)
He made peace between man and God
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
He has bridged the huge chasm that separated us
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:13-14)
The word for peace in this passage comes from the Greek verb ‘eiro’ which means to join together. Jesus’ blood has joined together that which was previously separated. He was actually the only one who could do the ‘joining’
He has made peace available to everyone through the cross.
And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. (Ephesians 2:17)
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:19-20)
If you are lacking peace as you prepare for Christmas, why not meditate on these verses and the truth of what peace Jesus has given us.