In a couple weeks the church will be remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is one of the two most important holidays for the Christian Church as we all know, but during this season it gives us time to reflect on Jesus and why God sent Him to earth.
Jesus ministered only for around three, three and half years, but He changed the course of history. Our history. Many of us who are Gentiles, would have been condemned forever with no hope of salvation because of no knowledge of God. And I look back at my distant Jewish heritage, and have thoughts that would my family over the generations even be worshipping God. We can only speculate, but today, because of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Messiah, we have new life. We who were born into condemnation, are now free in Christ, having been saved from the wrath of God for our sins because of our confession, and decision to follow Him.
Jesus came to restore to mankind, the relationship that His Father in heaven had intended to have with us. Jesus would do that by being the sacrificial lamb of God. He would willfully lay His life down for us. Jesus would not only restore us by His death and resurrection, but would also show us, and empower us, to bring healing to this hurt and dying world so that we as His followers, would be used to bring restoration as He did.
Looking back in the Bible, over thousands of years, at ~ 400 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament, from what I have found ~ 350 of them have been fulfilled. With many of those prophecies mentioned in the Psalms, the Book of Isaiah, and Zechariah. We should take notice, that these fulfilled prophecies alone justify the life of Jesus that He was the Messiah the Son of the Living God. But more than that, when we as believers live the life Jesus intended, through our lives, we show that Jesus is real. But back to prophecy, I’ll focus on the Book of Isaiah.
Jesus was mentioned ~251 times in Isaiah, 700 years before His birth. I’m going to mention just 20.
1. Would have His way prepared 40:3-5. John the Baptist
2. Would be born of a virgin 7:14. Jesus’ mother Mary.
3. Would be an heir to the throne of David 9:7, 11:1, 10
4. Would have the Spirit of God rest upon Him 11:2. When he was baptized by John the Baptist.
5. Would have a Galilean ministry 9:1-2.
6. Would heal the brokenhearted 61:1-2.
7. Would be widely rejected 53:11-3.
8. Will be spat upon and struck 50:6.
9. Would be disfigured by suffering 52:14, 53:2
10. Would be silent before His accusers 53:7. When he stood before Pilate.
11. Would voluntarily accept our guilt and punishment for sin 53:7-8.
12. Would bear our sins and sorrows 53:4-5.
13. Would be our substitute 53:6,8.
14. Would die with transgressors 53:12.
15. Would make a blood atonement 53:5.
16. Would be buried in a rich man’s tomb 53:9.
17. Would save us who believe in Him 53:12.
18. He will be exalted 52:13.
19. We as Gentiles will seek Him 11:10.
20. He will judge the earth with righteousness 11:4-5.
All 20 of these being fulfilled by the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus, born of a virgin, being an example to us, then being crucified, dying for all of the sins of mankind, and restoring the Kingdom of God so that we can be reclaimed.
Jesus came so that He could be our peace, because we would have the opportunity to be healed in body, mind, and spirit and set free from the bondage of this world. He would do all that.
Jesus was a reflection of the peace of God, that God our Father in heaven wanted on us, His beloved creation. God wants to be the “I am” to us, and being the “I am” means that we cast all of our cares on Him.
God sent Jesus so that He too would be a “Great I am” to the people. That is why God sent Him to the earth from Heaven. That is why it states in:
Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,”
He is the “Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.”
And His peace is freely given to us if we want to receive it because He is the Mighty God.
When Jesus walked this earth, we can see as we look at the four Gospels, Jesus bring that peace into so many life situations of the people. Life situations that have not changed since the creation of the world.
Jesus is recorded performing 37 miracles. He probably did far more, even John said at the end of his book that:
Joh 21:25, “ And there are also many things, whatever Jesus did, which, if they should be written singly, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.”
So we know the greatness of Jesus, and the love and mercy He showed on the people. Showing He was as the Word claimed He was, but to us, the largest miracle of all was God raising Jesus from the dead, to set us free, and for Jesus taking dominion over all things.
With that dominion, the Kingdom of Heaven was made available to His believers, so that nothing can stand against His word. Jesus’ Words are spoken in absolutes, not maybe’s.
To the believer, the absolutes are contingent on us resting on those absolutes, and allowing His mercy cover us.
I titled this message Jesus the Prince of Peace, because when He comes into our lives, if we allow Him, He wants to transform us into people of peace. When we are people of peace, it means we are people who live in the confidence of the absolutes of the Words of Jesus. That His words, are our lives. We live those Words. We are those Words. His Words are evident in our lives and peace is a product of that life.
When Jesus says in:
Matthew 11:28-30, “28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
He means what He says. We must take His yolk, and give Him ours, because as he says, rest will come to us. When Jesus says:
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
We take His peace, and we allow it to cover every part of our being, so we will not be troubled, nor be afraid. We take on the absoluteness of His Words. We live the truth of His Words, so that we become those Words. Do you understand what I am saying?
We renew our minds in the Word so that the Word is implanted in us. Many have lived so long believing bad words or wrong words that come from the world, which are lies, and Jesus wants us to live His Words that are life and truth.
Kind of like King David said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Same thing, “Thy Word have I read over and over again and believe it, and have it in my heart as a truth that I will not believe in something else that is false, and I my life will display that truth all the time, and that truth I live, brings me freedom, and peace, and that freedom and peace is then shown and given to others.
Jesus through our belief, is offering us a freedom that cannot be received or given by any other person or thing. His peace is beyond what can be offered outside of Him. We were never meant to bear regret, shame, worry, or fear on ourselves. The “Great I am” yearns that we would give that yolk, our burdens over to Him, so that we will live a life that is not focused on those weights on us, but focus on being the light bearers He has called us to be.
Being an Intercessor, Jesus wants to be the person in the gap, between us and the World. He wants to be the gate keeper through the Holy Spirit. He is the ultimate Watchman. He guards us and our hearts from destructive thought, and words, that would capture us into fear.
Jesus does not want us to bear any weight from it. He wants us to be clean from it. He knows that interaction with it, the false hope this world offers, always brings hurt and sorrow, and regret.
So by the Holy Spirit through His Word, He moves us into a place where all of our senses have the ability to keep our focus on Him, so we can stay in a protected place of confidence. And again, that confidence brings peace. We have peace because He covers us.
Psalms 36:7, “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalms 63:7, “For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.”
2Th 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”
So we are covered.
Jesus does not want us to bear any burden by ourselves. We will be okay, even in the deepest issues of life. Now he did not say we would not have issues, I’m not going to say that. He did say we would have tribulation. Many of us here know that. We deal with stuff all the time it seems. We know we are in a constant battle, but the difference is, we do not go through it alone.
Jesus said His peace will not be what the world would give us. What can this world do for us? Jesus our Lord is God. So His peace comes from heaven. His peace is supernatural. It is not of this world. Nothing can surpass it. Nothing is greater, or even comes near to it.
Jesus gives a peace that is beyond understanding.
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
His peace will guard our hearts and minds. It will guard us from is fear, and truthfully, fear is death to us.
Fear is unbelief, and the enemy uses fear to move us away from the peace of God. Satan does not want us to have peace. He wants fear, because he then is in control. We are moved from the realm of belief of the things in heaven, to the realm of belief of the things on earth. Life and death.
The earthly ideal is all about chaos, destruction, demoralization, sadness, and eventually death physically and spiritually. In the realm of heaven, it is all about overcoming, enrichment, love and mercy, and life, physically and spiritually.
Fear traps us in a box. Peace thrusts us into unlimited eternal awareness that nothing is impossible for us. Why? Because just as Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, that things may be impossible for man, speaking of the earthly carnal man, but all things are possible with God.
And I speak of things within His will for us. He will give us what we need, not always what we want.
If God made a way for us to be restored through the death and resurrection of His Son, He will make ways for every other issue in our life that we deal with.
There is power with peace. There is knowledge with peace. There is wisdom with peace.
Because in peace, we are not striving for anything. We rest in the knowledge that God is for us, and He goes before us. We do not have to fret about anything. We are able to think with clarity, and with our relationship with the Father, we can hear Him. Experiencing the Presence of God.
Experiential understanding about the attributes of the Father that He is always with us, and for us.
I believe for some of us, we are thinking, “How can I be free from my own mind?” “How can I let go? It may be control; you don’t want to give it up. It may be self un forgiveness. It may be relationship issues. Could be lies that someone spoke over you that you believe.
It is anything that you keep within yourself that is keeping you from the love and mercy of God who wants you to be free from yourself.
It’s all about control. Who is in control. If we are in control, that control is usually based on fear. Fear based control is based on lies.
Will something happen if I give up control? That is the question for everyone. Everyone stands at that door. Everyone has to make the decision. It is a decision that will either give us life, or give us a life that is unchanged and we stay bound. The goal is for us to be free.
We have to come to terms with God. We believed Him for our salvation. We must believe for everything else.
Until we give God all of us, we will not have the total peace He wants us to have in Christ. We will continue in our unbelief. We must preserver in confidence, as it states in:
Hebrews 3:14, “For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.”
We share His peace. We share His overcoming life.
Jesus is plain when He says, “come to me all you who are weary and burdened.” Because most of the burdens we carry are based on fear.
The Apostle Peter said in:
1 Peter 5:7, “ Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. “
We need to do just that. Casting anxiety brings you into a standing of faith. You move from unbelief to belief even if it shaky. But as we continue to believe and walk out our salvation daily, we are strengthened in our inner man. The Lord will honor our faithfulness to Him.
Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Perfect peace is a sound mind, and a sound mind has power and love.
2Ti 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
God’s plan was for Jesus to come into the world and transform the people who are called by His Name to live an overcoming life. In all areas of their lives. Because the overcoming life, would not only be a blessing of freedom the believer, but it would be a loud statement and testimony to those who don’t know God.
Those that do not know God would wonder how someone could be so strong and confident and happy and show so much peace during trials as well as when there were no trials. Why is your life so consistent? Our answer, “Jesus”! It is because of Jesus. There is no other reason. He is my hope. He is my comfort. He is my confidence, and in Him I receive my peace. Crazy peace. That opens the door to: “Do you want peace, like I have peace?”
John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Jesus has overcome the World! So can we when we rest in Him.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”