Part of the Holidays & Observances series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
PEACE ON EARTH
Sunday, December 18, 2016 (AM Service)
"Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." (Norman Vincent Peale) Brings on thoughts of being home on Christmas morning, hot cocoa, apple cobbler, a hug and a kiss and a tear of joy seeing Mom and Dad and my siblings; "I'll be Home for Christmas, you can plan on me." (oh those memoirs)
1 HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Luke 2:14 (NKJV). "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will toward men."
Many times I have heard, "If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, why is there no peace on earth?" Luke 2:14, reading from the NOG, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace to those who have His good-will." Isaiah 48:22 says, "There is no peace for the wicked, says the Lord." We live in a wicked world dominated by Satan and he would want you to believe that:
1. Peace is about nations coming together, it's not.
2. Peace is about communities coming together, it's not.
3. Peace is about families coming together, it's not.
Peace is not about compromise and tolerance. Peace begins with you and me. Everything in the Bible is personal ("choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve..." Joshua 24:15) --- will never be peace until man (all men) invite Jesus Christ, THE PRINCE OF PEACE, to reign over, to Lord over, their hearts and minds.
We don't need compromise and tolerance, we don't need to adhere to the satanic voices and alter our FAITH, no, no, no. We need reconciliation. Luke 15:18-24 (NKJV) "The Prodigal Son" and what we learn about reconciliation:
1. Verse 21, "and the son said I have sinned..." He needed forgiveness.
2. Verse 22, "bring out the best robe..." He needed cleansing.
3. Verse 22, "put a ring on his hand...." He needed redemption.
The son needed to be reconciled to his rightful place with his family, with his father so he asked for forgiveness. Therefore, the father said, "I'll forgive you; I'll cleanse you; and I'll bring you back into the family, a place of fellowship and usefulness. My brothers and sisters, that's Reconciliation.
1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (NKJV)
"The wrong shall fail, the right-prevail." Do you believe it? One day there will be peace on earth, everlasting PEACE. One day He's coming to take His Children HOME. Jesus is:
1. The Alpha and the Omega
2. The Way, the Truth, and the Life
3. The Great I Am
4. The Light of the World
5. The Bread of Life
6. The Resurrection and the Life
JESUS CHRIST BORN IN BETHLEHAM, SON OF JOSEPH AND MARY, IS OUR PEACE! OUR ETERNAL PEACE! OUR FOREVER PEACE! AMEN, AMEN, AMEN..
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