Peace – Christmas 2018 (12/2/18)

Isaiah 9:1-7

Introduction

If there is anything that the world needs this Christmas – it’s peace.

  • Shalom is not just the absence of war.  It’s the presence of harmony, wholeness, and wellness for all people, in all ways, in all places.

Isaiah’s Call and Vision  (Chapter 6:1)

  • With the death of King Uzziah, Judah entered into a season of troubled times.
  • “tumult” – Loud and confused disorder.

How do you find peace in the tumult?

1.  It begins with a vision of the Lord:  high and lifted up.

  • Who or what do you see?

Isaiah sees a picture of SHALOM

  • Shalom means an end to poverty (v.3)
  • Shalom means an end to injustice. (v.4)
  • Shalom means an end to war. (v.5)

If we are ever going to experience peace, someone else must bring it. (v.6-7)

  • Who will bring peace?  A new ruler.The prince of peace.
  • Instead of waging war, this prince wages peace.

2.  Peace comes from trust.  (Isaiah 26:3,4)

  • It is more than a feeling. (Philippians 4:7)

With perfect peace you will protect those whose minds cannot be changed, because they trust you. Trust the Lord always, because the Lord, the Lord alone, is an everlasting rock. (GWT)

  • In whom or in what do you place your confidence?

3.  Allow the Prince of Peace to rule in your heart.

  • 700 years after he spoke, a child was born, a son was given: Jesus

Glory to God in the highest.

On earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.  (Luke 2:14)

  • God’s favor rests on those who simply receive it.
  • When Jesus enters a person’s life, he brings peace.
  • We have peace with God and are free to be at peace with others. (Isaiah 52:7)
  • It is not just to experience heaven’s peace, it’s to offer heaven’s peace.
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