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The Prince of Peace

December 21, 2017

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Wednesday of Advent 3                            Trinity Lutheran Church

20 December 2017                                     Murdock, NE

 

+ Jesu Juva +

 

Isaiah 9:1-7

 

Tonight, the last of Isaiah’s birth announcement titles of the Savior Baby Jesus. Let’s not waste any time and get right to it.

 

Tonight’s title: “the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah saved the best for last. Really, he did! The Hebrew literally is sar shalom: The Prince of Shalom.

 

The reign of Jesus is peace. “Peace on earth; God’s good will to men.” That was the hymn of praise sung by the heavenly angelic choir at Christ’s Bethlehem birth. And the angels sing it with us on Sunday when we sing it too. Praising Christ’s presence with us to be for us as Savior giving us peace with God through His Good Friday forgiveness given in the absolution at the beginning of the divine service. “Peace be with you,” was the same forgiveness given by Jesus to His fear-filled disciples on the evening of His resurrection. Yes, the coming of Jesus – His Bethlehem birth brings peace – “not as the world gives,” (John 14:27) but only as He can uniquely give. He gives eternal peace with God through His divine blood shed on the cross.

 

It is all right to be concerned about earthly peace. Peace among ourselves. Peace within ourselves. It is good to have peace in our marriages, our families, neighborhoods, communities, in our congregation and in our hearts. However, before we can have peace among us and within ourselves, there must be peace between God and all of us.

 

Peace, shalom, is that all embracing word in Hebrew. Shalom means that everything is in harmony and that everything is in its proper place. Where Good Friday Jesus reigns — where Jesus lords His Calvary forgiveness in Word and Sacrament over sinners – there is shalom! Everything is in order again with the blood of Jesus. God and man are reconciled – at peace in the Prince of Peace.

 

Again, peace with God comes through the forgiveness of sins. So, we daily confess our sinfulness and that there is not peace within us. Then the Prince of Peace comes in His Word of absolution and He declares: “Peace be with you.” His words do and give what they say. “Peace be with you.” That is real, lasting peace. There is more peace in a single sentence of the gospel, in a simple word of forgiveness, in a drop of baptismal water, in a single wafer of bread and a sip of wine in the Lord’s Supper – more peace than could ever be found in all the peace talks at the United Nations – in all the political rhetoric of peace from our politicians – and in the never ending search for peace deep in our hearts.

 

If you want peace, live in and from your baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. Ask your pastor to absolve of your sins in Jesus’ Name. Go to the Lord’s Supper regularly. For in those means Prince of Peace Jesus is giving you the peace you need. Everlasting peace with God due to His dying on the cross.

 

Well, it’s time to wrap this up. Let me do it this way. Over the last three Advent Wednesdays we’ve been rejoicing in a child that is promised. Isaiah gave us His birth announcement. And what a wonder Baby Jesus is! Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace.

 

TO YOU and FOR YOU this child is born! He is Jesus Christ – your Friend, your God, your Father, your Prince.

 

In the Name of Jesus.

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