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Prince of Peace

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The peace that Jesus brings is not only the absence of conflict but the presence of completeness.

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INTRODUCTION

Recap:
Wonderful Counselor: Jesus has both the sympathy and the ability to lead us through this dark world.
Mighty God: Jesus is called Mighty God not only because of who he is but also because of what he has done.
Everlasting Father: While in the midst of a cruel and changing world, Jesus loves like a father. . . forever.
The previous three titles were all descriptive of the character of Messiah, yet also told of His future plans and this title is no exception.
Isaiah 9:1–7 ESV
But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Christmas Stress
How many of you would say that the holidays are a “peaceful” time? OK, no introduction needed!
Ironically, it is during this “time of peace” that little peace can be found.
Grand majority of Americans admit to feeling more stressed during the holidays than at other times of the year.
Psychologists point out that holiday stress is of a different character than stress during the rest of the year. People are trying to make the family happy and are stressed about strained relationships.
We even have a song about it - “Twelve Pains of Christmas”
Finding a Christmas tree
rigging the lights
sending Christmas cards
Five months of bills
facing the in-laws
This is all with the background of the normal stresses of life - the daily issues, threats of war, strained relationships which are made more obvious at the holiday times.
A study has shown that January 8th is the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers when up to one in five couples will enquire about divorce after the pressures of Christmas. Divorce lawyers call the first Monday after Christmas “Divorce Monday” as divorce filings surge by one-third on the first working Monday after the holidays.
All of this can add up to make us feel as though there is no peace on earth.
This is nothing new. Remember, the people of Judah at this time were not in a state of peace, with war threatened literally on every side.
illustr. - The Personnel Journal reported this incredible statistic: since the beginning of recorded history, the entire world has been at peace less than eight percent of the time! In its study, the periodical discovered that of 3530 years of recorded history, only 286 years saw peace. Moreover, in excess of 8000 peace treaties were made--and broken.

The Prince

Brings Hope
++of peace
The term “prince” here has a military meaning as well as a royal meaning.
“Administrator” is also a good translation.
The idea is that Jesus will not simply be a royal manager of peace, he will be the One to bring the peace about.
Why “Prince” of Peace and not King of Peace? “Prince” may hint that despite what is now, a new era is coming. Israelites were under Ahaz but knew that with a prince a new era would come. This “Prince” will bring peace.
Isaiah 9:7 ESV
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
"He is a peaceful king, one who comes in peace and one who establishes peace, not by a brutal squashing of all defiance, but by means of a transparent vulnerability which makes defiance pointless. Somehow through him will come the reconciliation between God and man that will then make possible reconciliation between man and man." - Oswalt
> Prince brings hope.

As Prince, Jesus brings hope.

- some have no peace and have lost hope – have been disappointed too many times (death, financial broke, diagnosis)
- you become cynical or hopeless, anxious.
- What do you hope in to bring peace?
- Test:
If I only had ________ I would be happy.
If only __________ were gone from my life I would be less stressed.
The problem is, this can’t bring true and lasting peace. It attaches your sense of peace to something or someone who will fail you at some time.
True and lasting peace is not found by the addition or subtraction of anything from our lives.
It comes from the peace of God as we trust Christ with our lives.

As Prince, Jesus has authority.

- Jesus is King – not you
- The problem is that we believe we can rule ourselves – guaranteed, it will not bring peace – you were not meant to
- Jesus is not a figure head (ex: British monarchs)
- Jesus has the power that can bring peace
- ILLUST - Mr. Long and his baby

Of Peace

- Shalom שָׁלוֹם
Deeper than our usual understanding of “peace”
- Used for stone with no cracks (ref.)
- walls with no gaps (ref.)
- shalom as verb means to make complete
- the broken cannot fix the broken – you need completeness to fix the broken

Two facets of peace:

Popular definitions of “peace:”
“Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.”
“State of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict.”
“Absence of hostility.”
- Shalom שָׁלוֹם
Deeper than our usual understanding of “peace”
- walls with no gaps (ref.)
- shalom as verb means to make complete
- the broken cannot fix the broken – you need completeness to fix the broken

Absence of conflict

Presence of completeness

ILLUST – the kids stop fighting but there is not true peace – relationships are not restored
- Used for stone with no cracks (ref.)
- walls with no gaps (ref.)
- shalom as verb means to make complete
To complete a complex structure:
1 Kings 9:25 ESV
Three times a year Solomon used to offer up burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar that he built to the Lord, making offerings with it before the Lord. So he finished the house.
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To make restitution - make whole again:
Exodus 22:4 ESV
If the stolen beast is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he shall pay double.
- the broken cannot fix the broken – you need completeness to fix the broken

Two directions of peace:

Peace with God

Isaiah 53:5 ESV
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Romans 5:1 ESV
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Jesus absorbed the gaps of our lives to offer us peace and completeness (God placed on him the iniquity of us all)
Peace with God came at the expense of the Son of God
Jesus did not come to bring a certain race/gender/socio-economic circle peace with God
– He came to bring YOU peace with God.
- Jesus absorbed the gaps of our lives to offer us peace and completeness (God placed on him the iniquity of us all)
* Without first having peace with God, you cannot experience the peace of God. Peace with God always precedes the peace of God.

Peace with each other

Ephesians 2:14 ESV
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility

Two fulfillments of peace:

If there should be peace anywhere it should be in the church for we are a part of:
Ephesians 4:4–6 ESV
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
If there should be peace anywhere it should be in the church for we are a part of:
Ephesians 4:4-6
There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
This is what unites us, and if anything more petty divides us we have shown that that which is petty is more important than our Lord, our faith, our baptism. We can and should be diverse without being divided.

Two fulfillments of peace:

This is what unites us, and if anything more petty divides us we have shown that that which is petty is more important than our Lord, our faith, our baptism. We can and should be diverse without being divided.

Two fulfillments of peace:

Our experience of the peace that Jesus brings is already/not yet

Experience of current peace

John 16:28 ESV
I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
John 16:33 ESV
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.”
John 6:33 ESV
For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
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Isaiah 26:3–4 ESV
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Expectation of Final peace

Isaiah 2:1–4 ESV
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
is 2:1-4
The promise of eternity makes the trials that are temporary less significant.

Conclusion

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had already lost his beloved wife, Fanny, in 1861, after her dress caught fire and she burned to death. "How inexpressibly sad are all holidays," he wrote in his journal that Christmas. A year after Fanny's death, Longfellow noted, "I can make no record of these days. Better leave them wrapped in silence. Perhaps someday God will give me peace." On December 25th, 1862, Longfellow's journal read, "'A merry Christmas' say the children, but that is no more for me." Imagine his sorrow to hear, a year later, of his oldest son, Charles, having been gravely injured while serving the Union in the Civil War. He wrote nothing in his journal for Christmas of 1863. With America still embattled in the war, and though still reeling from his personal loss and resentment, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, for reasons we do not know, wrote the poem "Christmas Bells". Today we know it as the familiar carol "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day".
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

We are to be people of peace:

Receiving Peace

> Is there a conflict into which you need Jesus to bring peace?
> Is there a gap you need Jesus to fill in your life so that you can be complete?

Giving Peace

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