12/18/16 That's Peace!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Sunday, December 18, 2016 Under: Sermon

Intro: Dear God, So far today I've done alright. I haven't gossiped. I haven't lost my temper. I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed; and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Amen! Let us be real honest, a lot of us aren’t even out of bed in the morning and we are struggling for a peace of mind.

Throughout history there have been wars and battles for land and property and everything else. From the beginning when Cain killed Able to the present time when killings and battles continue, is there really ever a chance of PEACE. In this world no! But that’s why God sent His son into this world not to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. That’s Peace!

‘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 14:27

Text: Isaiah 9:6‑7 (NKJV)

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

1. Given Peace: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given.”

The Gift that came offers peace: “So also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.” The gift that came willingly died so man could have peace.

This peace can be like a shirt or pants that you put on when you dress yourself. After you dress, to avoid the embarrassment you leave your clothes on, unless you choose to run around naked. I can’t speak for anyone other than myself; I am going to leave my clothes on! If you take your clothes off you expose yourself. In the spiritual sense nakedness is exposure to sin and worldly desires. There is no peace! For the Christian, when you accepted Christ you put on, or clothed yourself with Him: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:27 (NIV)

That is a given peace but you must chose to wear it. Peace is a gift that we must be prepared for. God gives us the gift of peace when we turn to him in faith. The prophet Isaiah calls Christ "the Prince of Peace." Through John the Baptist and all the other prophets, God asks us to prepare our hearts so that he may come in. Our hope is in God, and in his son Jesus Christ. Our peace is found in him.

2. Inner Peace: “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

The peace that Jesus Christ spoke of was a combination of hope, trust, and quiet in the mind and soul, brought about by reconciliation with God. Such peace was proclaimed by the host of angels at Christ's birth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Christ Himself spoke of peace on many occasions like in His: SERMON ON THE MOUNT ‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“And the government will be on his shoulders” (Don’t let the world get you down!) During Jesus Ministry he taught about a kind of peace only He can leave, He spoke of this @ the Lord`s Supper, shortly before His death. ‘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 14:27

What are SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE?

  1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experiences.
  2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  3. A loss of interest in judging self.
  4. A loss of interest in judging others.
  5. A loss of interest in conflict.
  6. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  7. A loss of ability to worry.
  8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.
  11. Increasing susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the urge to extend it.
  12. An increasing tendency to let things happen.


3. Endless Peace: “And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

God’s gift allows us to have permanent peace, He rescues us: “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 34:19 (NLT) “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33. This is not a worldly peace it is a Godly peace! "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:14 That’s the gift that came!

Did you know this endless peace has a name? What is His name! “And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

He is the ONE: who split the Red Sea and brought the Israelite`s to freedom, He is the ONE: Turn the rock into manna, He is the ONE: slain Goliath, He is the ONE: shut the Lions mouths in the lion’s den where Daniel was, He is the ONE: Who feed the 5000 with five loaves of bread and two fish, He is the ONE: Who brought the dead back to life, and so goes on the endless list of what this little babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in the manager has done for us!. Do you think this same person can give you PEACE?

What is the NEED? “And peace there shall be no end.”

What is peace? PEACE is a word with several different meanings in the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament meaning of peace was completeness, soundness, and well‑being of the total person. This peace was considered God‑given, obtained by following the Law. Peace sometimes had a physical meaning, suggesting security.

In the New Testament, peace often refers to the inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ. This understanding was originally expressed in the Old Testament writings about the coming MESSIAH as in reference to our text today.

God brought us PEACE - FOR THOSE WHO WOULD EXCEPT IT! John 3:16

‘But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

Conclusion:

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:7-14 (KJV)

Illustration: The Spirit of Christmas; Sacrifice; Thinking of others; Snow storm THE LOCAL WEATHER FORECASTER was predicting the big snow of the season, and the supermarket was crowded with customers braving sub‑zero temperatures to stock up on supplies. Tempers ran short as the number of shopping carts diminished and the checkout lines grew longer, with as many as ten carts backed up in each aisle. An elderly man several carts in front of me had only a couple of purchases, but waited without complaint through all the congestion. Then his turn to pay came and, as the cashier rang up his purchases, everyone nearby fell suddenly silent. He had braved crowds and freezing weather for two large bags of birdseed.

Jesus wants us to have peace! Are we willing to let others have it? At Christmas time we see many acts of kindness and brotherly love, what have you done for someone else lately?

That’s peace; it is a given peace, an inner peace and it is an endless peace.

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