Summary: A fourth deep need I have is for someone to calm me.
SERIES: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS…
“SOMEONE TO CALM ME”
(adapted from a sermon by Dave Stone)
Three small boys were in a Christmas play at church. They represented the three wise men and they were to give their gifts to baby Jesus. The first boy stepped forward, held out the gift in his hands and said, “Gold.” The second boy stepped forward, held out his gift and said, “Myrrh.” The third boy stepped forward, held out his gift and said, “Frank sent this.”
Over the last several weeks, we’ve been in the series, “All I Want for Christmas…” It’s based on the prophecy found in Is. 9:6-7 – “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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”
We’ve focused on the meaning of the four titles mentioned in this passage. Several hundred years before Jesus was born, God revealed to His people what the Messiah would be like through the prophet Isaiah. Through the gift of His own Son, God provided for my deepest needs.
As Wonderful Counselor, Jesus is Someone to advise me. As Mighty God, He is Someone to rescue me. As Everlasting Father, He is Someone to provide for me. And as Prince of Peace, He is Someone to calm me.
A recent study revealed that seventy-six percent of Americans have a hard time falling asleep at night between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So for some of you, the only sleep you’ll have had over the last month or so is what you’ll get over the next 20 or so minutes while I’m preaching. We allow the stress to consume us rather than allowing the Prince of Peace to calm us.
The term “Prince of Peace” means that there is someone whose rule will bring wholeness and completeness to individuals as well as to society as a whole. Please understand that when we talk about the Prince of Peace that it doesn’t mean that peace is defined as the absence of conflict. Peace is the presence of God.
For centuries, the Jewish people wanted peace so badly that their greeting to one another when they would pass on the street was, “Shalom.” “Shalom means “peace.” It was their wish; their desire. And still today they greet each other with this term: “Shalom.”
But a little over 2,000 years ago, on a quiet Judean hillside where shepherds were watching their flocks, and Angel shared the news that the Savior had been born and that He is Christ the Lord. Lk. 2:8-14 – “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord