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Our message theme through to Christmas is “The Great Words of Christ.”

This is a series that will help everyone relate to Christ during this holiday time.

Today we are talking about And on Earth Peace.

Text

Luke 2:13-14 (AMP)

13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest [heaven],

And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”

Scripture Reading

Luke 2:4-14 (AMP)

Prayer

God of grace and God of glory, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to you we come today in worship and humility that we might acknowledge you as the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.

We acknowledge you as our creator and as the giver of our life.

We come today offering the love of our heart, the prise of our lips, and the service of our hands.

We come bringing tithes and offerings that we might, with your help, minister to others and publish to the ends of the earth the good news of your love revealed in and through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

The great prophet Isaiah looked forward by the help of the Holy Spirit and gave gracious descriptive titles to the Messiah, who would be for in the distant future.

We hear him say in Isaiah 9:6 (AMP)

6 For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;

And the government shall be upon His shoulder,

And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

One of the very significant words of Christmas is “peace”.

The hearts of people everywhere hunger for peace.

Many pray for peace.

Some have wondered when Jesus will bring peace.

They have surmised that this peace will come only at the end of the age when He comes back as Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Some have surmised that Jesus Christ is a failure as a peace bringer.

To take this position is to misunderstand the nature of true peace and the character of the peace that He brings to the human heart.

Jesus had much to say about peace, John 14:27 (AMP)

27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

Following His resurrection from the dead, our Lord greeted His apostles on three different occasions with “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19, 21, 26)

The word Isaiah was talking about and what Jesus referred to in this word translated to “peace” is shalom.

People of Jewish background greet those they regard as true brethren with “shalom.”

God is the source and the ground for shalom.

A study of the Old Testament’s use of this word reveals that the presence of shalom makes for great community relationships in which people participate in the blessings of God.

The absence of shalom makes for war and turmoil and unhappiness.

The word shalom is used to describe the health and wellbeing of individuals and true property.

It is used to describe the harmony that exists when there is an absence of war.

Peace is the condition that prevails when everything is sound and solid and stable and dependable and reliable.

The term shalom is used to describe the experience of salvation, particularly when the fruits of salvation are health, prosperity, well being, and long life.

The result is joy and blessing that come from doing God’s will.

When there is an absence of this soundness and integrity of personal character and in personal relationships, the result is defeat, disunity, distrust, alienation, poverty, and misery.

God is the giver of Shalom.

In the Old Testament, this concept included material prosperity as well as spiritual well being.

Peace could not be enjoyed by those who walked away from God in stubbornness and rebellion and in self destructiveness.

Isaiah 57:21 (AMP)

21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Even God cannot give peace to one who is unwilling to live a life of faith and faithfulness.

Jesus Christ, as prince of Peace, came into the world to help people enter into a relationship with God and with self and with one another so that they can enjoy this precious gift of shalom.

What did Jesus mean when He said in John 14:27 (AMP),

27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

To enjoy peace is to be in harmony with God and self and others and things.

  1. Christ gives us the peace of a clean heart.
  1. John 1:29 says Christ came as the Lamb of god to take away our sin.

Jesus Christ died on the cross under the penalty of our sin that He might save us from the condemnation of sin and return us to God.

B. As the Lord of life, Jesus offered us forgiveness of sin that is full, free, and forever.

1 John 1:7 (AMP)

7 but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

By His sacrificial death the cross, He made it possible for us to be cleansed from all sin.

2. Christ gives us the peace of a right relationship with God.

Until people enter into a faith relationship with the Father God, they experience a rupture or shattered relationship.

In many respects, this is like a broken bone or a dislocated joint.

People stand in desperate need of entering back into a relationship with God that will bring inward peace.

To receive Jesus Christ as saviour and Lord into the heart, is to be introduced into a child – Father relationship with God.

John 1:12 (AMP)

12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

  1. We need to enter into a faith relationship with God so that we might be declared acceptable to God.

This happens through faith in Christ, and we receive the peace of God.

Romans 5:1(AMP)

Results of Justification

5 Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).

B. In this new relationship with God, we love Him because we know that He first loved us.

1 John 4:19 (AMP)

19 We love, because He first loved us.

3. Christ gives us the peace of a Spirit controlled life.

  1. The Lamb of God who came to take away the guilt of our sin comes in the Spirit to be the Lord of our life.

He will deliver us from the power of sin.

B. Until we are controlled by the Holy Spirit, we can have no peace.

It is only when we let the controlling authority of the Lord of love become real in our hearts that we begin to experience the true peace God has for us.

This is the background of Paul’s warning against seeking to cope with the pressures of life by means of some artificial stimulant  or depressant.

He said in Ephesians 5:18 (AMP)

18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness (corruption, stupidity), but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit and constantly guided by Him.

To seek help through alcohol is to worship a false god that will always disappoint.

Only through the control of the Spirit of God rather than under the influence of an alcoholic spirit can we experience true control over our lives.

In describing the end result of the fruit of the indwelling Spirit, we find that the individual experiences both peace and self control, have a read of Galatians 5:22-23.

4. Christ gives to us the peace of a proper attitude towards others.

This new attitude is implied and is to be implemented by a commandment.

John 13:34-35 (AMP)

34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 

35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

How great would the inward peace be if everyone would relate to others in terms of unconditional love.

5. Christ gives to us the peace of a worthy purpose for living.

Many people are anxious about their reason for being.

Jesus encourages us to so let God do His good works in us that others cannot help but recognise the presence of God in our lives.

Matthew 5:16 (AMP)

16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.

They will come to know God through our attitudes, actions, ambitions, and all that we seek to do.

This kind of a purpose for being will bring God’s pace into your life.

6. Christ gives to us the peace of adequate reserves for all situations.

I read a story of a pastor in North Queensland and the financial peace he enjoys because of a habit he had formed of always carrying a one hundred dollar note in his wallet.

It gives him a sense of well being and security.

The security that a hundred dollar note brings is nothing compared to the assurance of divine resources made available to us through Jesus Christ, God’s Son and our Saviour.

Paul spoke of this sense of adequacy that came to him as a result of his relationship with Jesus in Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

Conclusion.

Jesus Christ offers you the peace of forgiveness that is full and free forever.

Jesus offers the peace of belonging to the Father God and to the family of God.

Jesus offers the peace of partnership and fellowship in His great work of bringing love, mercy, grace, power, and wisdom into the hearts and lives of people.

Jesus offers the peace of His perfect provisions, not only in the present but in the future.

When Jesus Christ is in the heart, we do not have to worry about a home at the end of our time here.

Jesus Christ is the peace bringer to the individual heart.

He will work to bring about harmony and peace within the relationships of the home and help you establish harmonious relationships with those around you.

He came so that there might be peace on earth among people of goodwill. 

Until next time

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