Luke 2:1-21 ESV 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
That’s great. Just take a moment. Quiet your heart before God.
Father we are prone to darkness, were prone to forgetfulness, were prone to sin, we’re proving to wander, we’re pronto so many things that ultimately take us away from the relationship we ought to have with you, and I asked today, according to your will, that You would grant your people the piece that can only be found in the Spirit through Jesus Christ, and then I ask for those who aren’t your people here today that they would… For the first time coming to contact with that peace, your peace would have bound in a year people… Yes. Is in your precious name. Amen. I’ve often told you the story of when my wife and I were able to go on a hiking trip a few years ago, we went to a mountain and we climbed it called out often, and if you are familiar with a lot of the national parks, you know that many of the good areas are filled with people, so it’s hard to get a moment’s peace, and one of the reasons why I love hiking is because I want to not be around a lot of people. I wanna be by myself, look at creation, open up my little New Testament with the Psalms that I carry with me on a hiking trip and just read, and we found a place like that it was so surprising, a little lake called May Lake with crystal clear water you could see 40-50 feet to the bottom.
It was beautiful, and then above the lake… Well, just on the back side of the lake, a wall face began to rise up and it… And it ended up being the wall face of a mountain that would a send… I don’t know how many feet in elevation, and my wife got there and there’s hardly anyone there at May Lake, which was awesome, and we were able to have a lot of time of respite, but the next morning we took off to climb to Summit. The rest of the mountain. And there was a lot of what they call scrambling, which is where you’re kind of off four, you got your hands and your feet working for you, because it’s so steep. But it ended up being not too bad. And we got to the top of it, and if you’ve ever been on the top of the mountain, you know, there’s nothing quite like the quiet, and it sets up there, it’s not that there’s no win, you hear the wind, and the wind is… It’s a different sound than the wind down here, but because you’re so far removed from a lot of the other volume, as long as there’s no planes going above overhead, you don’t hear anything…
You don’t hear people, you don’t hear cell phones, you don’t hear traffic, you’re just there, and it’s amazing to watch the clouds and dance with their shadows across all the mountains around us, we had a full 360 degree view all the way around us.
That was one of the moments in my life that was, I think, one of the most peaceful. When I came up to the pinnacle, there are three different kind of pinnacles on top of that mountain, and I came up to one and I looked over and almost straight down that quit, there was the lake, May Lake, and May Lake… As you looked at it, right? Was like a mirror. There was no ripples, there was no waves, nothing, it was still and trail.
That moment is rivaled and is rivaled only by the moment when I get my kids to bed at night and take a deep breath, even parents…That moment of, I’m done for the day, or maybe for you, it’s the moment after a long day’s work where you take a deep breath and you rest, you sit down for a little bit… Tranquility peace. We’re gonna be looking over the next four Sundays at four themes that we cover often around Christmas time, we’ve covered them in different ways, sometimes we have done a topically, sometimes we’ve done it from sections of the scripture, but a lot of times these four will come up Peace, joy, love and hope. Peace, joy, love and hope. And today we’re gonna cover peace, and a lot of the reason for that is because last week, we kind of covered peace, you’ll remember from the sermon last week from Philippians chapter four, where we said, Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. And then it says later, and the peace of God will guard your heart. In your mind.
The one thing we didn’t do last week was defined peace, define the word. And really got an understanding of what does the Bible mean? Not Where do I mean when I say Peace? But what does the Bible mean when it says peace? So let’s start with a definition of the word, the Old Testament word for pieces along. Can you say shalom shalom? It was a common greeting from what I understand, like hello or maybe blessings would be a router Insulation, if you know anyone who says that to you on your way out the door or something like that, it’s a general word. And it can be defined in a lot of different ways, it can be defined as health at times, prosperity at times, completeness, safety, sometimes it’s about relational harmony, quiet or tranquility is also how it’s defined that the Old Testament, we generally divide peace between two different things, we generally divide it between internal piece and then external piece, and the word that’s used for shalom is used up both. So we have to keep that in mind that when the word piece is used in the Old Testament, a lot of times it is desiring good things in the circumstances of your life, blessings, but it’s also desiring a tranquility or a piece that you feel within your heart within those circumstances…
A great example of this is Psalm 4, Verse 8 says, In peace, I will both lie down and sleep for you alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety. There are many psalms that include the same idea of Shalom… Well, the New Testament word for peace, so you just learn an Arabic, ancient Arabic word. Now, let’s learn the coin, a Greek word for is Eirene. Can you say Eirene? Great, you guys are ready to pass Greek. Eirene has the same general sense, it can talk about relational piece or harmony, or just a state of well-being, but we know that it’s the Greek translation of the Old Testament word, because there are many times in the New Testament, which was written in , Greek originally, we have translated in English that word, when they quote from the Old Testament, in the New Testament, and they use the word peace, they use this word Eirene, that Greek word for a great example of this word in the New Testament is John 16-33. I have said these things to you, that in me, you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but take heart. I have overcome the world. In me, you may have peace.. In me, you may have peace. In Jesus Christ, we find peace. And that’s the peace that Jesus promises in that passage. So I wanna give some common kind of misunderstandings about this four of them, and then what I wanna do is give Top 10 Facts of biblical facts about peace, that’s how we’re gonna run through this sermon, it’s not great hemolytic, because a lot of times people will get lost after about fact, I’m gonna ask you if you’re a note taker to write down all 10 and to meditate on these 10 later and to carry them with you. So first, we’re gonna do the common misunderstandings about peace, Commissioner can about peace first. I mentioned this last week, or this is a common misunderstanding, that our piece is dependent on circumstances, peace is dependent on circumstances. Now, what the New Testament does is something fascinating, ’cause the Old Testament uses that word interchangeably between not only circumstances but also the internal piece, but as the New Testament develops that theology, it’s called biblical theology, they’re gonna make the point of saying that you can have that piece, even when you have trouble and tribulation in your life, that passage I just write as an example of that, in this world, you will have tribulation.
And yet Jesus had just promised peace. Do you see that? So we need you to understand that when you don’t have peace, the problem is not primarily in all of the circumstances around you. Now, I can’t tell you how many times I… Both, I myself have been struggling to find peace, and on top of that, I’ve tried to counsel with other people that have been struggling a fine piece, and I’ve been in… I would ask the question, I ask myself the question, Why don’t I have peace right now? And then the answer I come up with, or others would say as well, such and such a situation is happening, or when I’m talking to somebody, Well, I lost my job or I’m having trouble with my kids or everything going on in this world. It just got me stressed out or they kinda list through the circumstances, and then I know I need to adjust that mindset, I need to help them see that peace does not necessarily have to come from circumstances or… Safe can give you a great piece, right? But not always, sometimes you’re gonna face trials and tribulations, and you will need to find peace in something that is a rock, sturdy, faithful, trustworthy, and is always there for you regardless of the circumstances of your life.
Another common misunderstanding about peace is that God’s… Peace always looks the same. I don’t know, I felt like I should just bring this up because I’ve counseled some in this way where I’ve talked to people about peace and some people in some circumstances that piece just looks like… They look like they are the most level-headed person in the world, you ever met one of those people going through a tough time, and you’re like, I’m taking it harder, like you’re going through the tough time, that’s harder on me than it is on you right now, you have more peace in the middle of that tough time then I have… Watching you go through that tough time and you just… How do they even do that? Now, a lot of times, we have this tendency to get guilty and be like, Man, why don’t I have peace like that? I think I should, and certainly it’s something we should strive for, but sometimes peace looks very different, sometimes peace can be a pursuit, chasing, grabbing and holding on to God with desperation because by the way, that’s most of the time how the Psalms talks about it, when they’re seeking peace in the Psalms, you’ll say things like, Why are you cast down on my soul? Within me, hope in God, it’s a struggle sometimes.
And that is a piece that God gives in the middle of that struggle, and I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but it very much isn’t, if you’ve experienced that, a piece in the middle of the struggle for it… Number three, that a lack of peace, this is a third misunderstanding, a lack of peace is sin. A lack of peace is sin. Now, I certainly think it is God’s desire for us to have peace, but Jeremiah the prophet will read in just a moment. Says, My soul is bereft of peace. I have nothing in me. That’s peaceful. I don’t think he’s saying that. I don’t think God looks at Him in that moment, says, You wicked person, there are legitimate times in our life where we face difficulties, and it is not okay for us to vote, it is not okay for us to turn to idols or trust in other things, trust in other things, for security for us, that’s not our right, we should be turning to God, but there are times in our life where we are pursuing that piece, he hasn’t given it yet, it doesn’t mean you’re sinning necessarily, so don’t lay that extra guilt burden on you that the Bible does not lay on you, and then the fourth one is that biblical piece is mainly internal…
The fourth misunderstanding, I think when we think of peace from a spiritual side, we think of it like somebody just floating out of cloud inside, they’re just like, they’re good, they’re good to go in all of their life, and I wanna say Biblical piece does include that kind of piece, but it will include some other things as well, it will include relational piece, in fact, it’s really frustrating if you study the word piece out in the New Testament, How in the same exact sentence, it seems like he uses the word for an internal piece peace, and then he uses that same word about our relationships back-to-back interchangeably, and it’s almost as if our peace with one another is one of the prerequisites of peace inside.
Now, we’ll talk more about that a moment.
So let’s go through 10 facts about biblical piece, that’s the backbone of this sermon today. Alright, I wanna help you understand what biblical piece is. I’m gonna give you some passages just to scripture as we’re going, I would encourage you to write these down, you can study them out later, number one, fact about biblical piece that I want you to hear, ’cause it tells you something very good about our God… Peace is something God wants.
Just stop and think about that. By
Saying at 26 says, O Lord, You will ordain peace for us, but you haven’t done indeed done for us. All of our works, five times in the New Testament, the title, God of peace is used. It’s actually a really interesting study on its own, each one of those times, it’s fascinating why he chose that title to be something that you could look up later, he is a God who can and sometimes does create chaos to achieve his goals. He’s a God who can and sometimes does make a stormy sea, but God ultimately desires peace for you. I want you to hear that. It’s Christmas season, right? When I give a present to my child, it’s because I want their joy. I want them to be happy. Or do you give it? ’cause you feel like you have to give it. ’cause you feel like you’re obligated to. No, God desires peace for us, and that tells us something about his nature about who he is.
I think it’s a beautiful thing to remember right from the get-go.
It’s connected to who he is, he is the God of peace, number two. Fact about peace, I want you to hear this. Peace is corrupted by sin in the curse, and what I mean by that is, it’s messed up, if I were to have a cup right here with water in it, and it was completely still, that’s the piece, but sin comes and shakes the water up, makes it all wavy and stuff. Ripple, sin and the curse. Do this… Let me give you a few verses for you to think about, listen to these verses, Psalm 383, there is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation or judgment, there is no health in my bones because of my son, that word for healthcare. That’s Shalom. There is no peace in these bones, there’s no peace in these bonds because of my sin. How about Isaiah 59-8, the way of peace, they do not know. There is no justice in their paths, they have made their roads crooked, no one who treads on them, no peace if you walk on paths of sin, if you live your life in a sinful way, you will not know peace, or he says it a lot easier way for you, in Isaiah 26-12, There is no peace, says the Lord for the wicked.
Or how about this? He quotes that same passage again, I wanna get it… I wanna get it right. This is Isaiah 57. He says, The wicked are like the tossing sea. It cannot be quiet. And its waters toss up, Meyer and girder, mud and dirt up making the water dirty. There is no peace, says the Lord for the wicked. Listen, one of the legitimate causes of the lack of peace in our life is our sin… I wanna pause here, I wanna pause here and recognize something, it’s not the only case. Joe, for example, in the word of God, goes through a very, very difficult time. Right. And he lacked peace during that time, and he cries out in prayer several times during that book, and all the while his friends come to them and they’re telling them, Look, you sin, you messed up, just confess your sin. And then all of this will get better. And Joe’s like, I don’t think I have, I’ve looked at myself, I’ve examined my heart, I don’t think I have… That ends up being vindicated in the end, and because those counselors were insisting that he had sinned, Jew calls them a miserable counselor, you remember that you are the worst…
Don’t be like that, don’t assume that just because somebody is without peace in the moment, they necessarily must be sinning. That isn’t always the case. And yet, when you and I go through a moment, a season where we are lacking peace in our life, one of the first questions we should ask is God, you should examine our heart. God, have I sinned against you? Is my cousin clear before you, as I examine my life, have I done… Have I done anything against Your Word, have I done anything to disrespect your name, and then confess those things, it’s been remarkable in my life, that’s the first step that I always take, it’s been remarkable in my life how quickly pieces restored after I do that. Often, it is my sin. Not always, but often it is. But there’s a second part to this. Peace is corrupted by sin and by the curse, we sang about this in our song today, that his peace was gonna be known far as the curse is found, and then you naturally in your mind wanna go… Far as the curse is found. Far as the curse is found, as far as the curse found…
Right? if you know that song, you know, but that’s what it’s getting at it, the peace that God wants to rule in this world is not here because he cursed this world with what in Genesis is referred to, his thorns, trials, tribulations, troubles, struggles, disease enters this world, as the result of the original sin, it’s not how God intended it to be, storms and danger, and yes, the sin and the heart that we cause one another are all in this world because of the original sin now, that means that there are legitimately times when you and I will go through a difficult season, we will be lacking piece and it will be not because of any of our sin, it will be because of a bad situation, frustrating circumstances, or somebody sin against us. The example for this is Jeremiah. Jeremiah says in Lamentations 3:17, My soul is bereft of peace. I have forgotten what happiness is. Do you know who Jeremiah is in the Bible? He’s a prophet of God, like many of the prophets in that time period, he was very aware that his job was to tell the people to turn from their sin or the nation of Israel was going to fall, particularly Jerusalem, the capital.
But he also knew that he was gonna do this, but in all likelihood, they weren’t going to… Do you know when tradition says that he penned the words of Lamentations was… Tradition says he pennee the words and lament of Lamentations in a cave that has a slight view overlook almost of Jerusalem itself. The tradition says he penned the words of Lamentations as Jerusalem was being conquered and he was watching it be raised. So when he says, My soul is bereft of peace, He’s not saying it because of my sin, we know that from his life and from his story, and yet the circumstances of that moment mean that he doesn’t have peace because of that difficult moment… In that difficult situation, I’ll talk more about that in just a moment, but I wanna move on and I wanna show you kind of the biblical story with peace. Number three fact, is that peace is given through Jesus Christ. Peace is given through Jesus Christ.
He is called in Isaiah Chapter 9, The Prince of Peace. It says of the peace of the increase of his government and of peace, there will be no end. I think that’s saying that God’s peace will keep growing and growing and growing eternally. That’s pretty cool. I say, How does that piece come into effect pieces one of shalom is probably the key word in all of the Book of Isaiah or key concept, you know, I’ve been studying this out for a while, but
How does that Prince of Peace establish his piece? Well, he develops that throughout the entire book, he comes to… Later on in the book, and he says in Isaiah 53 that he, this Prince of Peace, was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities. Upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds, we are healed. What brings a shell? What brings us that piece… In some way, the Prince Jesus Christ would need to endure chastisement and punishment for sin that you and I deserve, and in doing that, we are given the peace. Now, that way is not completely known when Isaiah is re… Isaiah’s written 10 centuries and centuries before Jesus is born. But Jesus fulfills all these promises, the verse that Caleb just read for us a few moments ago, announces the entrance of that Prince of Peace, it says, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace. Among those with whom He is pleased, Peace is coming. It’s finally here, all of the promises that you’ve been looking for for Salome to come into your life, it’s here, it’s… Now, because of the birth of this child. And then Ephesians develops this a little bit more by saying in Ephesians Chapter 2, he himself, Jesus Is our peace.
He came and preached peace to you who were near. And to you who are far off, I like that verse is a great reminder for you. And you and I, I don’t care if you were raised in the church, you might be near, but that piece is not only available to you, it is available to those who never even set foot in a church, it’s available to those who have done… Done sinful things, it’s available to those who’ve had sinful things done to that, it’s available to all… That peace is available to both the near and the far, it’s a universal offer of peace to all the world, it’s an offer to you to today. And then Jesus says, Peace, I leave you, my peace. I give you not as the world gives, do I give? But not your heart. Speech, trouble, and that brings me to a really important fact, number four, that is peace is impossible until you respond to your Creator in faith. Romans Chapter 5, 1 says, Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The source, the source of all of the lack of peace in your part comes from you deciding for yourself that you’ll be your own God or deciding to worship a different version of God than is in the Word of God.
Every single thing, the anxiety that you have in your heart, the shame and the guilt that you feel, all of those things ultimately are sourced in the fact that you do not have a right relationship with your Creator for peace to flow into your life. That’s the starting point, that’s the spring, that’s the fountain that needs to flow out into your life. First, you must believe that Jesus Christ died to be punished for your sins, and in that act, when He died on the cross and rose again in that act, he unleashed peace between you and God for all of those who believe in Him.
It’s an offer for you. I invite you to believe that
Number five peace is a promised benefit of obedience, piece is a promised benefit of obedience. I’m gonna list off a few here… These are all over the Word of God. In fact, I would say this is probably the most common way. Piece is used in the Bible. How about this? You keep him in perfect peace, whose? Do you know what? Mind has stayed on you because He trusts in you. What do you mean by trust in you? What do you mean by trust? And you will explain it throughout the whole book in Isaiah, but Isaiah 48 says, Oh, that you had paid attention to my commandments, for then your peace would have been like a river, and Your righteousness like the waves of the sea. I’ve got peace like a river. That’s where that comes from. Or how about I say at 32, the effects of righteousness will be peace. In other words, when you live righteously, peace comes, then the effects of H and then the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever my people will abide in a peaceful habitation, our home in secure dwellings in quiet resting places. You want peace. Obedience is one of the quickest ways there.
How about Psalm 119? Verse 165, Great peace. Have those who love your law, nothing can make them stumble about Proverbs 3, 2 and 17, length of days and years of life and peace, they will add to you. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, all her paths are passive peace. That’s wisdom being talked about right there. Or how about Romans 4? Are 14, 17 and 19, The Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness. And peace and joy. The Holy Spirit. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and mutual up up building, you start to see the heart of what pieces. Peace comes when you have a standing with God through Jesus Christ because of what Jesus did for you, you are now his child, peace comes with God there, but then peace also comes as we make a decision to act like his children, to live out our salvation to live with righteousness like he calls us to, and as we do that is peace flows in our lives like a river. I can’t emphasize this enough, because in my times of greatest… Well, whatever you wanna call it, lack of peace, anxiety, stress, whatever you wanna call it.
If I examine my heart, confess my sin, any known sin, remember that my God is King, and then look around and find some way to obey my God, normally it has a profound effect on my spirit. A lot of times, lack of peace comes because we’re not praying, because we’re not… We’re holding on to sin or because we are deciding We’re gonna live for ourselves instead of choosing to a bake off a few others. Number six piece multiplies in the relationship with the spirit. I could go on and on about this. This is a really important one. Romans 8 says, For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. God has given us the Holy Spirit to be with us, and guide us and direct us day by day, and as we choose to live in step with him, to follow his lead in our life and to pursue obedience, He grants us peace. We learned last week how peace comes through prayer, and that’s number seven, a fact about peace, peace can be one through prayer. I told you, Do not be anxious about anything.
This is Philippians Chapter 4, Verses 7 and 8, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mine in Christ Jesus. You want peace. You wanna win peace into your life. Are you praying? It’s one of the quickest ways. A couple other things to know, peace in relationships is commanded, and like I told you before, a piece in relationships is often very closely connected, and especially Paul’s mind with the piece that we feel in our heart. So in other words, one of the quickest ways to get rid of peace in your life is to be in conflict with someone else, one of the fastest ways to resolve and get that piece back is to make peace with them, confess it. And do your best little piece. Your Hebrews 12:14, strive for peace with everyone. Or Colossians 3-15, Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body and be thankful. You see how that works. Individually, the piece of Christ should be rolling in your hearts, and as that happens, you are unified in that piece in one body, that’s pretty cool, that peace that God gives us individually becomes the very thing that unites us. Number nine piece multiplies good things in our life. This is James a318. James chapter 3, verse 8, TE, and a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Listen to that again. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make a piece. Do you want a harvest of righteousness in your life, make peace with those around you, that’s what that’s saying. As you plant seeds of peace in your relationships around you, you seek their well-being, you seek…
As we talk about a couple of weeks ago, you’re not thinking about your interest, you’re thinking about their interest, you’re not thinking about what you want, you’re thinking about what they want, or even what they need, you’re seeking… They’re good, and as you’re planting those seeds, righteousness comes up and prospers in your life and bears a lot of fruit. That’s beautiful. That’s one of the reasons why Jesus says, that we will know that all people know where his disciples by our love is, because love is the very substance of all the righteousness that God commands us to have. The last act back number 10, peace will reign on earth, not just in our hearts. One day, God does promise today that if you seek Him, He will guard your heart and your mind in peace. He does promise an internal piece, if you pursue it, as you pray for it, as you see him, as you try to trust His sovereignty, as you pursue what He has for you, He can give you peace.
Now, here’s the thing that you and I run into it. We look out there in the world and there’s not peace out there, so it feels weird, I’ve got piece in here, but not here, maybe you’re sick, your health is failing, something’s bothering you physically and you’re like, I’ve got peace in here, but there’s something still broken out there, God, when will you fix what’s broken out there? And that’s the promise of the Word of God. He says that one day peace will rain in this world of the increase of the peace, there will be no end. He says it like this, you will go out with joy, be led forth in peace, the mountains and the hills will… Before you shall break forth into singing, and the trees of the field will clap their hands. Why do we sing songs like Joy to the World, and we sing songs like, This is my Father’s world, that talk so much about creation and how it’s praising God and stuff like that, ’cause of versus like that, we long for that day. When all of creation, the curse is removed and everything is right out here, like God has made right in here…
We long for that day. He says it this way in a different passage, check out what he does here. I will make your overseers peace and your task masters. Righteousness. Do you know those two words over Sears and task masters, do you know what other passages… Scripture that they’re used in Exodus Chapter Two. Now, if you don’t know the biblical story, one of the big parts of the biblical story is how the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt. They had cool slave masters hurting them, killing your children, making them work, and God delivered them out of Egypt with just a miraculous deliverance. How awesome is that, right? Well, here in this passage, he says, instead of those cruel task masters and overseers, I would make peace your boss, I’m gonna make peace, your math, I’m gonna make peace your king, he’s gonna be the one that rules over… Or as Paul says in Romans Chapter 16, some of you may know this passage and others, you might have never heard this verse before, Romans 16 per story, we don’t normally make it all the way to chapter 16, in our city of Romans, The God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet is what it says. Awesome birth, the God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet. The promise given to you there is that one day the curse will be finally lifted for his people, and the peace that God has given to us that flows in our heart like a river will flow out and be in the rest of our life, and there will be no sin, there will be no sickness, there will be no curse, there will be no death, there’ll be none of that anymore, there will only be peace outside, and that is the promise for all those who believe, Christmas season is the season where we think of peace, we read verses about peace on earth will hear different people talk about it, you’ll put up decorations probably with the word peace, I’m not gonna have you raise your hand if you’ve got any of those decorations up right now, probably with the word piece up, but as you see, and think on that word this year, I want you to think on these principles of how God’s peace impacts your life today, and the hope we have that one day, his piece will take root fully here on earth, like it’s taken root in our heart.
And all will be made right. Let’s take a moment and pray, and then we’ll close with a song… Just quiet your hearts now.
I asked all of you said it earlier that I would encourage you to examine your heart, so I want you to do that now, if there is a lack of peace in your life, if you’re feeling driven like waves on the ocean, if you’re feeling just sad a soul like you’re under a cloud, I wanna just first invite you for a moment to consider your car, see if you have any sin in your life, and confess that to God, knowing that because of Jesus Christ, you can be forgiven without any fear of punishments… And as you’ve examined your life, if you think, Man, I just don’t think I’ve got any sin, just going through a tough time, I would invite you to remember the promise of God that as you let your request be made known to him, his piece can and will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. Now, cast your cares on Him in this moment. So finally, if there’s somebody who doesn’t know peace with God this morning, I wanna invite you to know that and invite you to believe in Jesus Christ, His death, paying the price for your sins is resurrection, giving you life.
Trust that because of what Christ did. You can be gone, that forgiven for your sin. Standing righteous before Him. Just pray to God, confessor and tell him you leave that to a Father, we thank you for the piece that you found in Jesus. That He is the Prince of Peace. We thank you that we have a great hope that one day, peaceful lane on Earth will be our master peace in all. Thank You for the promise that we’ve been giving a little taste of that piece today, internal, we look forward to the day when all will be made right. Father, give us peace with one another, give us peace with everyone. I pray that we would seek that, strive for that, that you would promote peace here in our souls in church, and as we have that peace, a grade that you would allow us to extend that with a hand to others, they can have the same peace that we have, peace with God, peace with one another, a peace inside. I pray this in your precious name.