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Summary: The marvelous gifts that God gave to us on that first Christmas

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(Based on a series by Paul Snoddy, Tri-Village Christian Church, Pataskala, OH)

SERIES: “GIFTS UNDER THE TREE”

TEXT: MATTHEW 1:18-25

TITLE: “PEACE – THE MYSTERIOUS GIFT”

INTRODUCTION: A. In a Peanuts cartoon, Lucy and Charlie Brown are talking. Lucy says, “I hate the

world. I hate everyone. I hate everything about this world!”

Charlie Brown looks at her for a moment and says, “I thought you said you have an

inner peace?”

Lucy replies, “I do have an inner peace but I have an outer obnoxiousness.”

1. Peace is not something that comes from around us.

--Rather it is something that God puts within us

2. Jesus Christ came not to just be born into this world but to die an atoning death so

that we could have a peace that passes all understanding.

B. Even though we’ve been at war in Iraq for several years now, it’s still disheartening to

hear about the deaths of our military personnel over there.

1. There’s a huge controversy currently happening between rival political forces and

fueled by the media concerning the importance of an announced pull-out schedule.

2. Those that support the schedule promote the idea that with a determined date to pull

our forces out of Iraq that then we will have peace.

3. Peace doesn’t come from the outward circumstances.

--It comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

4. If we truly want to find peace not just at Christmas but for the rest of our lives, we

have to discover the peace that passes all understanding and that only comes

thorough knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

C. Last week, we looked at the events recorded in Lk. 2:8-20

1. It concerned the angel who appeared to the shepherds and made a grand

announcement about a savior being born who is Christ the Lord.

2. One of the last things the angel said to the shepherds was “Glory to God in the

highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

3. The only way we can have lasting peace in our lives is to know that God’s favor

rests upon us

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4. The Bible says that when we’re in a relationship with Jesus Christ that the Holy

Spirit not only rests upon us, He also lives within us.

--It’s through the Holy Spirit of God that we can have the peace that Christ offers

to every one of us.

5. Is. 9:6 prophesies: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the

government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

--There are four ways that Jesus Christ brings peace into our lives in spite of what

is happening around us

I. PEACE IN SPITE OF STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS

A. Joseph understood strained relationships

1. He was pledged to be married to Mary and discovered beforehand that she was already pregnant.

2. Mt. 1:18-19 – “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be

married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy

Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public

disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.”


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