Saturday, December 22, 2012


Isaiah 9:6  "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon His shoulder:  and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"

A Prince was born in Bethlehem. The “Prince of Life” (Acts 3:15). The “Prince of the kings of the earth” (Rev 1:5). The “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6) “His Name shall be called The Prince of Peace.” He would be the One who would at last bring peace to this troubled world. He preserves, commands and creates peace.

There are three dimensions of peace. Peace with God. The peace of God. Peace on earth

Let's look at Peace with God. Rom 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
Amplified “Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)”

Millions have sought peace with God. Some sought it through religious ritual. Some sought it through good works. Some sought it through giving money or possessions. There is a great gulf between sinners and God (Rich man and Lazarus). This gulf – this divide - was bridged by the cross. Jesus paid our debt of sin (Is 53:5-6). Isaiah 53:5-6 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all”

He broke down all barriers (Eph 2:12-18). Ephesians 2:14 “For He is our peace, who hath made both one (Jews and non-Jews), and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us”

He made peace through His blood (Col 1:20)
Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” We find peace with God through faith in Jesus

Now, let's look at the peace of God (Phil 4:5-8). Peace is positional and unchanging. It's knowing who we are in Jesus! The peace of God is dependent upon our relationship with Jesus
The better our relationship with Jesus – the greater the peace of God in our lives. Many have peace with God but miss the peace of God.
Paul lays out a path to peace here in Philippians 4. Be anxious about nothing (Worry about nothing) (Vs 6). Pray about everything (Vs 6). Give thanks without ceasing (continually) for everything (Vs 6). Think only about virtuous and praise worthy things (Vs 8). If we do these things, the result will be peace that passes all understanding

Next, let's look at peace on earth.
Isaiah 2:4 “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nations, neither shall they learn war any more”
Luke 2:14 “Peace on earth good will toward men”

This peace awaits the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ. No more war (Vs 4). Even peace among animals (Is 11:6-8). Peace instead of violence (Isaiah 11:9-10). Peace in nature (Isaiah 35:1-2, 7). Gabriel's promises to Mary will be fulfilled! (Luke 1:30-33). Truly the best is yet to come!

Do you long for peace in your life? Jesus will bring peace to your troubled heart. Someday he will bring peace to this troubled world. He is our peace!

It's my hope and desire that these last few blog posts have been a blessing to you and opened your spiritual eyes a little more to whom Jesus is.

From Cindy and I, we wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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