Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace

Text:
Title: “Prince of Peace”
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

  • A sign on the way to Greg’s childhood home.
    • Reads: “No Jesus, No peace. Know Jesus, Know Peace.”
    • Clever, yet truth.
  • We are stressed out. “Worry warts”
  • Gallup Poll: 8 out of 10 Americans are stressed daily
  • Women are more likely to be stressed then men
  • We stress because we worry, which leads to more stress
  • Stress, can be crippling
  • – “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.”

Sermon Outline:

  1. Know Jesus, Know Peace
    1. Prince – One who is in charge
    2. What is he in charge of? “Peace”
    3. Israel is still looking for peace today.
      1. UN just voted to not have Jerusalem the capital of Israel
      2. Israel still has many enemies today
  • This peace will not come until the Second Coming of Christ
  1. Hebrew for peace – “shalom”
  2. Christ came to give us peace
  3. We have enmity between us and God, but Christ has come to bring peace.
    1. “Know” – epignosis – “to understand, to grasp or ascertain; especially to be familiar or acquainted with a person or thing.”
  4. We have an opportunity to get to know Jesus better each day through the Word of God.
  1. No Jesus, No Peace
    1. If you do not trust in Jesus Christ you are at war with God
  • If you are at war with God, you will lose.
  1. Jesus wants us to put our trust in Him, for the forgiveness of sins and find peace with God.
  2. Jesus came to restore the severed relationship with God.

Application:

Benefits of those who have trusted Christ

  • God’s peace is knowing that God’s way is best for our salvation and sanctification

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.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (ESV)

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. (ESV)

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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (ESV)

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (ESV)

18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. (ESV)

For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)