Peace Peace- Prince of Peace
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing: Charles Wesley 1739
“Hark! the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn KingPeace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"Joyful, all ye nations rise; Join the triumph of the skies;With angelic host proclaim "Christ is born in Bethlehem!” Hark! the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"
Isaiah 9:6-7 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. 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.
Jesus the unexpected gift.
Luke 1:26-35 God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
II. The Prince of Peace…
1- He Didn’t come for “world peace”
Matthew 10:31-34 (NIV) So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
2- He made peace with man…and left it here.
Colossians 1:19-22 (NLT) For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
John 14:27 (NIV) 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.
3- He makes peace possible through trust
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Colossians 1:17(NIV) He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
“Because Our peace is not found in the world we don't loose it when our world crumbles.”
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Ephesians 2:14 (NIV) For he himself is our peace.
John 16:33 Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”