THE PRINCE OF PEACE
Again I find my self preaching from these verses!
Did you listen as I read the names that Isa. gave the child born unto us, the son given for us. To the one upon whose shoulders
the government shall rest? I could preach a whole sermon on each of those names, but this Sunday, the Sunday before Christmas,
I will by the grace of God preach on the name Prince of Peace.
What did the angles say in Luke
2:14? "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. When did the angles say this to the
shepherds? Was it not when Jesus was born? You see it is the Prince of Peace that will bring peace, true lasting peace to
The word peace is used 111 times in the New Testament and
has several different meanings according to which Greek word is used. But they all really mean basically the same thing. Harmonious
relationships between men, friendliness, freedom from molestation, order in the government and in the churches. But here is
the one definition that I want to us today. It comes from the Greek word, eirene, i-ray'-nay. The harmonized relationships
between God and man, which brings about the harmonized relationships between all mankind.
And it is only the prince of peace that can bring this eirene!
That peace will only come to the world when he comes, but you can have that kind of peace in your heart right now! But now
lets look at the eirene that the prince of peace brings. It is peace with God, The peace of God, and Peace on earth.
I. PEACE WITH GOD. (Eph 2:14 - 17; Rom 5:1).
1. This peace is the work of Christ into which the individual
A. This is a positional
peace, which all of God's saved
have now and forever
2. You see there is a great gulf between
sinners and our Holy
A. This gluf came
about when Adam and Eve sinned, was
brought sin into God's perfect sinless world.
3. God had made man and woman perfect! There
was no flaw
A. They had perfect
communication with God. And He
walked and talked with them in the garden in the cool
B. But there came a
day when God came in the cool of the
but Adam did not run out to meet him. He and
woman had sinned and they were afraid of God.
C. Their sin brought about
a great gulf between God
and mankind! Man cannot cross the gulf to get to
and God will not cross that sin gulf to get to man.
4. Millions have tried to bridge that gulf and
find peace with
A. Through religious
B. Through good
C. Through giving
their money or possessions.
5. But that gulf can only be bridged by
the cross of Christ.
And only then
will we find that eirene. That peace that
passes all understanding.
6. The cross of Jesus
Paid our debt of sin. (ISA. 53:5-6)
Broke down all barriers (EPH. 2: 13-19)
7. We find peace with God
through faith in Jesus.
II. THE PEACE OF GOD (PHLIP. 4:4-8)
1. This is an inward peace, the state
of the soul of the
Christian who, having entered into peace with God, has
all his anxieties to God through prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving
2. Listen Christian do you have this peace?
Then why not?
Are you really saved?
If so do you really believe?
3. You see peace "with"
God is positional and unchanging!
A. And if your
saved you already have this peace but the
peace "of" God is not positional.
4. You see many have peace with
God, but miss the peace of
A. Why? Because this
peace of God is dependent on our
relationship with God.
B. So how do you stand with
5. In these verses we find the
path to peace.
A. Be anxious for nothing.
B. Pray about everything.
C. Give thanks without
D. Think only about
6. And the result of following this path
is peace that passes
III. PEACE ON EARTH (ISA: 2:1-4) (ISA.
1. Remember Luke 2:14? "Glory to God in the
on earth peace, good
will toward men."
A. At this time the
Roman empire was at peace with all the
world, and the gates to the temple of their war god was
closed. They supposed that there was no need for the
presence of their god to guide and lead their conquering
B. The angles sang of something
more real and enduring
this temporary lull. Because within in a mere 70
years within sight of the same spot where the shepherds
the angels, would come the armies of Rome to
the temple and slaughter thousands of people.
2. Yes the angels sang of the eirene,
i-ray'-nay that awaits the
3. And in this millennial kingdom there
A. No more war.
B. Peace among the animals.
Even nature will be at peace, remember (ROM. 8:22)?
4. And then Gabriel's promises
to Mary will be fulfilled.
1:30-33) "And the angel saidunto her, Fear not,
Mary: for thou
hast found favour with God. And, behold,
thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his
name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall
be called the
Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall
give unto him
the throne of his father David: And he shall
reign over the
house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom
there shall be
5. Yes the best is yet to come.
Do you long for peace? Christ will bring peace to your troubled
heart. Someday He will bring peace to this troubled world.
In closing this sermon, allow me to tell you of my desire
to describe the peace of God to you folks this morning. I kept asking my self, "how can I describe the peace that the prince
of peace has for us after we have made peace with God by being saved?" I was truly at a lost for words for there are no words
that can describe the beauty of this peace.
But I remembered a place that is called the cushion of the
sea. Down beneath the surface that is agitated with storms, and driven about with high winds, there is a part of the sea that
is never stirred. When we dredge the bottom and bring up the remains of animal and vegetable life, we find that they give
evidence of not having been disturbed for hundreds, even thousands of years.
The peace of God is that eternal, calm which lies far too
deep down in the praying soul to be reached by any external disturbance.