THE PRINCE OF PEACE
We sing Christmas songs and get Christmas cards about peace and joy, but most people have never experienced that peace, or are living in that joy.
Luke 2:13-14 (NIV) Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
It’s NOT peace on earth; it’s peace in YOU!
John 14:27 (TLB) I am leaving you with a gift [Jesus has a gift for you]—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
When do you experience peace? When you make Jesus your Prince of Peace.
- Prince means, “the one in charge, the Lord.”
- Peace means, “rest, tranquility, and wholeness.”
You’ll never have true peace apart from Jesus. Jesus is our peace.
John 14:27 (NIV) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Ephesians 2:13-14 (NIV) But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For [Christ] himself is our peace . . . .
Peace is not the absence of something, it is the presence of someone.
EXPERIENCING PEACE ON EARTH
Get under the Lordship of Jesus. There are a lot of people who call Jesus Lord, but are not under His Lordship. They’re still doing things their way.
Acts 10:36 (NIV) You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Peace is the fruit of living life God’s way.
Isaiah 32:17-18 (NIV) The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
Bring Jesus into every situation. Often we live two lives: Sunday we live our spiritual life, Monday our natural life. Peace is found when they come together.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV) Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace [on Sundays? No!] at all times and in every way. [How] The Lord be with all of you [take Him home].
Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV) Brothers, whatever is true, what-ever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Keep your mind on Jesus. Let the prince of peace invade your life, your thoughts, your praise, etc.
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You [God] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts You.
Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Christianity is when you move the control of your life under the Lordship of Jesus. But, if you have not made Jesus the Lord of all, then He really isn’t Lord at all.