27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Introduction – One of the most important promises of the coming of the “Messiah”!
Peace – The Prophecy of Christ Peace
6 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.
The Proclamation of Christ Peace
Luke 2:13 – 15
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, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
What is peace?
“The absence of strife, chaos, violence, calm resolve”
You see why it is an important part of the Christmas Story.
Let us examine this fact together:
I. Peace is a Soul’s craving
Psalm 23:1 -4
23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
A.A promise of God’s provision
II. Peace a Special Grace of Christ
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
A.A promise of Jesus
III. Peace Can Be Vital Part of One’s Life
Colossians 3:15 -17
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
A.Stable B.Satisfactory C.Sustainable
One the most important gifts of Christmas is the
“Peace of God through Christ”.
Do you have it in your life?