Advent: weeks two and three - Joy & Peace
Text: Luke 2:7-14 (KJV)
7) And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men
"For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." Romans 14:17 (HCSB)
Intro: My title takes each of the letters from the word JOY and makes a rather interesting statement or thought - Jesus on You! Could have said Jesus over you, strange title? Or not. What does Jesus really mean in your life? Do you really have Joy; is there peace in your world? The Bible says: “ for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 (HCSB)
Because of my absence last week and my desire to share with you four messages on the advent season my joy with today’s message is to cover two in one service. Two very important messages; Joy and Peace. If Jesus is on you there will be joy and peace. The Christian should have peace in their life which in turn gives joy.
Application: Jesus on you gives you a peace of mind and a joy of heart.
Joy in the Greek: chara (khar-ah’)
Peace in the Greek: eirēnē (i-ray'-nay)
1. Good Tidings: 10) “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people”
I bring you glad tidings of good news and this news will give you joy if? Does it really matter who brought this news? Or could it be what really is important is what Christ is offering?
The angel opens his discourse by saying, that he announces great joy; and next assigns the matter of joy, that a Savior is born. These words show us, first, that, until men have peace with God, and are reconciled to him through the grace of Christ, all the joy that they experience is deceitful, and of short duration.
Joy comes to those who worship Him!
“They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.” Luke 24:52 (HCSB)
What a beautiful scene, the disciples still doubted Jesus and all that He came to do, so He makes another appearance shows His body His nailed scared hands ask for food to eat and there in the same hour ascends to heaven just as He hand planned all along. A light bulb goes on in the disciples understanding. They found the joy the joy that only comes through worshipping Him!
Imagine being filled, when was the last time you really experienced God? Were you filled? Was there a certain feeling?
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. “ Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
I love the wording in the NIV “Let us fix” that’s it (Turn your eyes upon Jesus…)
We can have this Joy by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.
Suffering brings joy as believers are united with Christ in his suffering. The Apostle Paul speaks of his joy in the midst of affliction. It is a part of faith. Joy expresses the relationship between the apostle and his congregations and an opportunity for thanksgiving, with each rejoicing in the other. God's kingdom is described as "righteousness, peace and joy". Certainty of salvation is a cause for joy, as the disciples are commanded to "rejoice that your names are written in heaven". Fellowship with Jesus brings continuous joy.
“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. “ Romans 14:17 (HCSB)
There it is Peace and Joy come with the understanding of God’s spirit dwelling in the heart of the believer! The messenger of God brought to mankind the news of a Savior that is the good tidings!
2. Good Will: 14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”
To God be the glory great things He has done for He has brought to us a way to have peace. That way is Jesus: (No Jesus No Joy!)
One thing is certain: Jesus did not advocate conflict. He taught his followers to offer no resistance or retaliation when they were attacked or ill-treated. "Blessed are the peacemakers," he said, "for they will be called sons of God", meaning that God is the God of peace, so that those who seek peace and pursue it reflect his character.
The study we just had in Ephesians reminds us of the Gospel of peace: “and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15 (HCSB)
This good will toward men only comes when we the soldier of Christ tells mankind who Jesus is. That is Christmas that is the song the soldier sings joy to the world the Lord has come let earth receive her king!
This peace brought all we needed: He hath done marvelous things. He has opened his greatness and goodness in the work of redemption. What marvels has not Christ done?
1. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost.
2. Born of a virgin.
3. Healed all manner of diseases.
4. Fed thousands with a few loaves and fishes.
5. Raised the dead.
6. And what was more marvellous, died himself.
7. Rose again by his own power.
8. Ascended to heaven.
9. Sent down the Holy Ghost.
10. And made his apostles and their testimony the instruments of enlightening, and ultimately converting, the world. Adam Clarke
This is the good will, know Jesus know Joy and experience peace.
The Word explaining PEACE
John 14:27 (KJV) “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 16:33 (KJV) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Romans 5:1 (KJV) “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
We must seek peace with ourselves and with God with the world we live in and the life we experience! That is why Christ came: “and he must turn away from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:11 (HCSB)
Luke 2:7-14 (KJV)
Is Jesus on You? Do you have joy, are you experiencing peace? Or do those words only come to mind when you see them in a Christmas Card greeting.
The Magi, upon finding the infant Jesus, are "overjoyed” “They Saw” “When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!” Matthew 2:10 (NLT)
We must now see what the angels mean by the word peace. They certainly do not speak of an outward peace cultivated by men with each other; but they say, that the earth is at peace, when men have been reconciled to God, and enjoy an inward tranquility in their own minds.
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