Saturday, October 25, 2014

SERMON: Promised Son; Prince of Peace

By LEONARD CHEASBRO, Ottawa Ministerial Alliance | 12/13/2013

In Isaiah 9:6-7, we read:

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”

In Isaiah 9:6-7, we read:

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”

The book of Isaiah tells us the many names of Jesus. We can have true peace in him.

The world doesn’t know this peace; there is no peace without Jesus.

He gives us a peace that surpasses all understanding. He is my savior, soon coming prince of peace, my redeemer, my deliverer, my baptizer, my healer  — my everything and more.

“The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:11).

Jesus came into this world to seek and save the lost. We have the same job to see people saved. We never should get so busy that we don’t do the work of the Lord.

“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

Emmanuel means God with us. God will be with us as soon as we are with him. He won’t leave us or forsake us. People are not always like that.

Jesus had a very humble beginning — He didn’t even have a bed when he was born. He was laid in a manger — the place where animals ate. But His heavenly father had big plans for Him. He would be the saviour of the world. Mary, His mother, was very blessed to have the savior of the world. Mary was highly favored by God.

It is not our beginning; it is how the ending goes that counts. It matters who we are serving — where loyalties lie. We can serve anyone or anything. But Jesus is the only one who can save our souls. We must not have any other gods because there is just one. He name is Emmanuel. He is our God.

When the birth of Jesus was announced, there was a great joy among the shepherds and all the people in that day. This baby was going to save them from their sins. He is still saving people today, if they will ask him. That’s why God gave his one and only son — so the world could be saved.

Now, that is true love.

Leonard Cheasbro is pastor at New Life in Christ Church.

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