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In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!Psalm 72:7 (ESV)
This morning in Sunday service, Pastor Jody will be speaking on peace. As we anticipate the coming of our savior, we remember that Isaiah prophesied long ago that Jesus would bring peace. Where is the peace that Isaiah promised Jesus would bring? We live in an age of light, a point in history where the messiah has come and revealed the Father to us (John 1:18). Therefore, we look back in time studying what has happened rather than look forward in time speculating what might take place. We have the full revelation of the triune God and the finished work of Christ, yet most of us would agree that there seems to be a lack of peace in the world.
Often we do not see the peace the Isaiah prophesies, because, like the Pharisees, we are looking for the wrong thing. The Pharisees were looking for a messiah who would come with military might, crushing the nations and immediately establishing a physical kingdom. Because they held onto what they thought the messiah would be like, they missed him when he came. Often, we expect the peace that scripture talks about to be comfort. We focus our eyes on that definition of peace and eagerly wait for its coming; in doing so, we miss the mighty work of God in our lives.
Jesus has brought peace! He has brought peace between the believer and God. He has brought peace to those who have faith in him by conquering the enemy. The encouragement today is to look for the peace that Jesus has accomplished for us, a peace that transcends all understanding (Phil. 4:7). Seek the scriptures, meditate on them so that you do not miss Christ’s coming.
- Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-10
- Psalm: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
- New Testament: Romans 15:4-13
- Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12