Christmas Playlist – PeaceDecember 6, 2020
God cannot give us a happiness and Peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. – C.S. Lewis
Big Idea: We celebrate Emmanuel which means God with us. This Christmas can be the best Christmas ever because you can discover that right in the midst of your conflict there can be peace as you come to realize that God is right there with you. When Jesus came on that first Christmas he came to a dirty and broken world, but to that dirty and broken world he offered himself. Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus brings peace.
Main Scriptural Text: Isaiah 9:6-7
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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Point 1: No one is immune to
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 16:33
Jesus knew conflict. If even the God of the universe faced trouble, the truth is so will we.
Point 2: Peace doesn’t come by but by
Isaiah 9:6 – 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.
Our temptation is to try and find peace at all costs. Most of the time we search for earthly avenues for peace. Most often we choose power to promote peace.
He brings peace not by but by
He was called the Prince of Peace because he came to a broken world and offered his life and so defeated conflict at its core.
Point 3: The World will never
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness[a] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
It is not power but power that brings
Point 4: Grace is a gift and peace is a
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8
Through Jesus life, death and resurrection we have been offered an incredible gift of grace.
This grace must be
This grace must be
Grace is a gift offered to us without price and Peace is the ultimate outcome.
Point 5: The best Christmas ever is a result of
In order for this Christmas to be the best one ever it must first begin with hope and that hope gives way to peace.