Summary: This is the 19th sermon in the series "Knowing God".
Series: Knowing God [#19]
SAR SHALOM- PRINCE OF PEACE
I know that it has become a joke; but when asked at the Miss USA pageant, “What would be the one thing you would choose to happen in the world”; the answer for years has been, “World peace”. It is obvious that our world is full of everything but world peace. There is war all over the world. In fact, Jesus said that because of Him, family members will betray one another- That doesn’t sound like peace to me.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
“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.”
This baby that was named the Prince of Peace didn’t seem to bring peace at all. So how could Jesus be the Prince of Peace? A prince is “a male member of a royal family; especially the son or grandson of a king or queen”. We all know that Jesus is the Son of God- It doesn’t get any more royal than that.
The other definition of a prince is “a man of high rank or of high standing in his class or profession”.
Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
There is no other greater than Jesus. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Peace is “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility”. It is also defined as, “freedom from or the cessation of war or violence”. With those definitions, I want you to see how Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
The name Sar Shalom tells us…
1. The peace that Jesus offers isn’t based on external circumstances.
Part of the reason we don’t notice the peace that Jesus brings is because we are looking for the wrong thing. We think of peace in only a physical sense; but from a spiritual sense, peace isn’t based on what is going on around you. The peace of Jesus comes from within.
The name Sar Shalom tells us…
2. The peace that Jesus offers is based on your relationship with Jesus.
In order for you to experience the peace that Jesus offers you must allow Jesus to be the leader of your life. If you are not experiencing the peace of Jesus in your life, it’s because you’re not being obedient.
Jesus brings peace to His disciples when they are allowing Him to lead. He is the head, the leader of peace. If you want peace with Jesus, you must know Him and trust Him in all that you do.