Prince of Peace

December 9, 2023   /   James Moscardini   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Prince of Peace
James Moscardini

I. Introduction

A. Isaiah 9:1a (NIV) Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who are in distress.

B. is only bliss for the ignorant.

C. Isaiah 8:21-22 (NIV) 21Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land. When they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.

D. This is what the is all about.

E. Isaiah 9:1-5 (NIV) 1Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who are in distress. In the past, he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future, he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan. 2The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned. 3You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressors. 5Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.

F. Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) 6For 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. 7Of 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.

G. It’s a peace that can interrupt even the of days.

H. Ephesians 2:12 (NIV) “Remember that at that time, you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”

I. Ephesians 2:13-18 (NIV) 13But now, in Christ Jesus, you who were once far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility 15by setting aside, in His flesh, the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through Him, we both have access to the one Father by the one Spirit.

J. It is only through that we have a way to God, our Father.

K. How am I doing at being a ?

II. Conclusion

 

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