Light of Peace - Advent Week 4Presentation Transcript
The Light of Peace
What is Peace to Most People?Absence of Conflict?Deterrence of Conflict? - Avoidance - Defensive Posturing and Tactics - ToleranceTranquility and Quiet?Isolation in the Woods or Country?Freedom from Anxiety?Prosperity or Lack of Problems?
What is Peace to Most People?Absence of Conflict?Deterrence of Conflict? - Avoidance - Defensive Posturing and Tactics - ToleranceTranquility and Quiet?Isolation in the Woods or Country?Freedom from Anxiety?Prosperity?
What Deters World Peace? Culture Personalities Worldview Religion Politics Sin Nature Peace is about RelationshipsBroken Relationships Create Conflict
Definitions of Peace – Webster’s 1828• In a general sense: a state of quiet tranquility, freedom from disturbance or agitation• Freedom from war with foreign nations• Freedom from internal strife or civil war• Freedom from private quarrels, suits or disturbance• Freedom from mental fears or anxieties• Heavenly rest – “He is at peace in heaven”• Harmony – reconciliation between warring parties or enemies• Public order and security guaranteed by laws - “peace officer”
What Does Peace Among Enemies Require?1. Desire or Commitment to Peace2. Contract or Covenant of Peace3. Obedience in the Covenant4. Patience and Mercy5. Reality of Consequential Justice6. Honesty and Forgiveness Peace is a willful decision between two or more parties to keep a covenant and provide mercy
Man’s Greatest Enemy is God God’s enemy is Man Peace with other people is pointless without first experiencing peace with God.True Peace is Reconciliation with God
God Established a Covenant of Peace through Law But… Man Broke the Covenantand the Treaty of Peace Ended
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORDs hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or His ear dull,that it cannot hear;  but your iniquities havemade a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.  For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.
James 4:4 You adulterous people! Do you notknow 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. 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the thingsin the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Romans 5:12-13 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Sin Has Separated Us From GodEvery Person Has Broken God’s Covenant of Peace
The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon hisshoulder, and his name shall be called WonderfulCounselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his governmentand of peace there will be no end, on the throneof David and over his kingdom, to establish it andto uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
What is Jesus’ Ministry of Peace? Colossians 1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of hiscross.  And you, who once were alienated andhostile in mind, doing evil deeds,  he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him…
What is Jesus’ Ministry of Peace?Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering producesendurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
 and hope does not put us to shame, because Gods love has been poured into our heartsthrough the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justifiedby his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
 For if while we were enemies we werereconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
What is Jesus’ Ministry of Peace? 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us tohimself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin whoknew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.John 14:27 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.
“Glory to God in the highest, andon earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14