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  • Arise Shine
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  • As we prepare our hearts for Christmas-today is the second Sunday of Advent the Sunday of Peace.
    I will start by looking at our Old Testament reading from the Book of Psalms, Psalm 46. If you want to tun to it, t is on page____. Psalm 46 is a Psalm of peace. Before I begin , Let me start with a word of prayer.
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    Today when we think of peace at Christmas we think of a cozy fire, the light of the Christmas Tree, and dog curled up on his bed. Quiet, silent, or some soft Christmas music, maybe a cup of warm coccoa, just gazing at the twinkling lights. Maybe a cabin the snow. We here songs about peace at Christmas, and we look at our life, and we might be lacking that. We may be battling mental illness, or loneliness. Our family may have addiction struggles or financial challenges. The busyness of life may be running us ragged, and we may be asking ourselves where is this peace.
    Our lack of peace may even have a negative effect on our faith. Because we here that Jesus was supposed to bring peace, and we don;t have it, so it causes us to doubt Jesus, doubt that Jesus is involved in our lives, and doubt that a personal relationship with Christ causes any difference. In other words, I thought Jesus was supposed to change things-yet I do not see peace.
    Well, the truth is that Jesus does bring peace. Through Christ we have a peace that passes understanding and a peace in the midst of Chaos. but in order to grasp that peace we must first understand what peace means from a Biblical perspective.
    Peace in a basic definition an absence of hostility. The first and perhaps most obvious thing that comes to mind is the absence of war.
    We read the news and we know that we are not in a state of peace. There are many conflicts going on worldwide. Our brave and men women are fighting battles all over the world. For the most part they fight on other soil. If you are not in the military or do not have a family member in the service, much of the country can have a tendency to be removed from it. This week we were reminded that there are soldiers there was a tragedy and 3 National Guard soldiers perished and it reminds us that we have these brave men and women serving to maintain peace.
    We do want war to end. We do want peace, and there are people that regularly pray for peace but for the most part, as a whole more people look to our government for help. We look to our elected officials and to end the war. We vote, we protest, we comment, and more often than not our trust is in the politicians to end the war and keep the peace.
    In ancient Israel war was more tangible. They were often involved in brutal, violent conflicts. It was right out side the gates, hand to hand combat. Right where they lived in their streets. If invaders broke through the women and children would be killed. It was more real, more present. More of a fear. They didn’t have elected officials or voting to turn to so. they looked to God, for deliverance. They relied on God, and pleaded and prayed for and end to the hostility and war.
    Let’s look at Psalm 46 starting at verse 6.
    Psalm 46:6 NIV
    6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
    Nations are in turmoil and whole kingdoms fall, and God is pictured so big and so powerful, that he doesn’t even have to lift a finger right? At his voice, the very ground, the stone that these kingdom stand on simply melts like lava.
    Psalm 46:8–9 NIV
    8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
    God is seen here as very powerful. the biggest threat they have, they scariest thing, that they cannot do anything about, God can fix. Easily-He makes wars to cease-not just locally to the ends of the earth, and breaks bows, and shatters spears, and burns shields with fire.
    These horrific problems that are very real and present to the people are dust in the hand of the Almighty God. And God speaks and he says
    Psalm 46:10 NIV
    10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
    Be Still! Like Silence! All the nations of all the kingdoms all the wars that exist in from of the mighty God Be Still! God will be exalted among the whole earth.
    Our first point about the Biblical view of God and peace is that In regard to peace-God is powerful enough to establish all peace.
    The next point I want us to see is this. In Psalm 46, 2 verses are repeated. Verse 7, and verse 11 are identical, and they say this.
    Psalm 46:7 NIV
    7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
    Our peace for us to have peace-It must come from God. We have 2 points now .
    In regard to Peace.
    God is Powerful (or able).
    Our peace comes from God.
    Now, with that woven into the Biblical mind, we find a problem. If these things are true why aren’t the people in the Bible seeing them realized? In other words. If God is able to bring peace, and their peace depends on God, they are praying, right? Doesn’t God hear them, or doesn’t He care? or what is the problem what is the disconnect. This can be just as true for us as it was for them. Our lives don;t always look peaceful do they? So the question of why the disconnect for the jews is just as important to us.
    They had a longing for peace. They had hoped someday peace would be coming, so they looked forward to it. They knew from the past that God always keeps his word, God had went to unbelievable lengths to keep his promise to Abraham, so if God can establish peace, and if He must be the one to do it then they must look forward to it.
    That brings us to one of the readings from our advent lighting this morning Isaiah chapter 9. Its words are familiar right? It is on page _____ of the pew Bibles.
    It has this looking forward or this longing for peace on the land. Look at
    Isaiah 9:4–5 NIV
    4 For 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 oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
    The warrior will not need his gear anymore because a time for peace is coming. And Isaiah goes on,
    Isaiah 9:6–7 NIV
    6 For 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. 7 Of 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.
    SO there is this looking forward to peace. This Child will come and with Him He will establish peace, eventually he will reign on earth and there will be peace.
    So written into the DNA of the Biblical idea of peace is this longing for peace.
    In regard to Peace.
    God is Powerful (or able).
    Our peace comes from God.
    Looking forward to peace.
    Our second reading from scripture came from Luke chapter 1. It is on page_____ It is from the words of the Father of John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit came upon the Father of John the Baptist and He prophesied, or He spoke with the words of God, and those have been recorded for us By Luke. In those words he describes exactly what must happen for us to receive peace.
    Luke 1:76 NIV
    76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
    John the Baptist came before Jesus. He came to prepare the way for the kingdom of God. John preached Repent for the kingdom of God has come-Mt 3.3. Repent or turn from the way you are going and go a new way-Turn from your sins and toward God. The season of Advent is time to prepare. To turn from sins that you have outstanding and turn toward God. That is what brings slavation
    Luke 1:77 NIV
    77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
    When we repent, or turn from our sins God forgives us and we receive salvation. DO we have outstanding sins today? Anger toward our brothers or neighbors? Lust in our hearts greed? We need to repent.
    You may not realize it but sin causes you to be at war with God. You cannot love God and hate your neighbor. You cannot be a child of God and argue with his children, or not be generous, or not be forgiving or loving. This causes you to not have internal peace. There is a hostility between you and God.
    Your mind will be at torment, your soul will be in unrest. But through Jesus when you repent-by saying Lord I will try and love my neighbor-forgive me for falling short- that is a turning from sin and to Jesus. When you do that the hostility is gone, and you receive peace.
    Now
    Luke 1:78 NIV
    78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
    If we do that, the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun-OR JESUS will come to us from heaven
    Luke 1:79 NIV
    79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
    To guide our feet into the path of peace- Peace means an absence of hostility, or hostility with and in the Hebrew mind peace or shalom also means a completeness or a wholeness of a relationship.
    The first peace that we need to establish is peace with God, through the forgiveness of our sins. By having our sins forgiven Jesus re-established a Shalom that was lost in the garden through sin. A wholeness or a goodness is restored with God when we repent.
    When Jesus came he came to give us peace with God now. Individually and personally.
    Philippians 4:7 NIV
    7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    This internal peace is a peace that passes understanding a peace that is eternal.
    In John 14.27 Jesus said
    John 14:27 NIV
    27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    This internal peace with God, is really the peace we need it is the peace we are longing for it is the peace that God himself, by becoming flesh in the person of Jesus and paying for our sins so that we have that hostility can be ours through our repentence and faith Jesus.
    Now perhaps you still have this disconnect. I thought Jesus would fix the externals. My world rages around me. Christmas and peace are supposed to go together.
    If you are like most families you long for that but rarely achieve it. Instead most of your Christmas is filled with decorating and cooking and buying presents. Even community is hard to come by. Our calendars are so full, Christmas parties are a fading away. There are some businesses that push Christmas parties off till January because people are too busy in December? Does anyone work for a company like that?
    And a lot of people have some real chaos. Sickness and mental health do not take a break for Christmas. Wars rarely stop. Addictions don’t go simply stop. I thought Jesus is supposed to bring peace.’
    He brings us peace- but as John writes not as the world gives-That means Not the same peace like you find in a Christmas Card. It means a peace that in a soldier has knowing that He has an eternal father that loves Him in heaven even when he is thousands of miles away. It is the peace that you can trust your loved ones into God’s hands because he is good, and faithful and true. It is a peace that even when the torment in your mind will not quit there is an inheritance laid up for you heaven that moth and rust cannot destroy.
    Will we ever have peace in the here in now? I ned it now.
    - Oh a peace like that is coming- It is not here yet but it is coming. Jesus will give you a taste of that peace internally, in order to help you trust that a peace like is coming.
    That is why it is a peace that passes understanding, because it is a peace in the storm. It is a peace that you have while the storm rages on.
    That idea that you can have peace in the storm is also found all the way back in Psalm 46, where we started.
    Psalm 46:1 NIV
    1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
    In trouble-he doesn’t always remove it-but in it he is there.God is our refugee and strength. What do you need refuge from today? God is your refuge and strength.
    Psalm 46:2–3 NIV
    2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
    Though there is chaos all around, even if the mountains give way- there is nothing no turmoil too big the waters of the sea foam yet... through Jesus you can have peace. Here is what it looks like-Though Chaos rages all around
    Psalm 46:4–5 NIV
    4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
    There is peace, it is waiting for you someday, and it can be here internal-
    You may need to carve out a special time where you can have some external peace in order to ask Christ for your inner peace. Take time, this Christmas to read God’s word, take time this Christmas to pray. Through those moments you will meet with Jesus in His word, and in prayer and He will provide you with inner peace-Find your peace in Christ, Prepare the way of the world repent and be saved.
      • Psalm 46:6NIV2011

      • Psalm 46:8–9NIV2011

      • Psalm 46:10NIV2011

      • Psalm 46:7NIV2011

      • Isaiah 9:4–5NIV2011

      • Isaiah 9:6–7NIV2011

      • Luke 1:76NIV2011

      • Luke 1:77NIV2011

      • Luke 1:78NIV2011

      • Luke 1:79NIV2011

      • Philippians 4:7NIV2011

      • John 14:27NIV2011

      • Psalm 46:1NIV2011

      • Psalm 46:2–3NIV2011

      • Psalm 46:4–5NIV2011

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