Summary: This sermon can be used as a stand alone on John 14:27 or be used during the second Sunday in Advent.
The Gifts of Jesus—Peace
First Preached at the Broad Run Baptist Church 12/8/2002
Isaiah 9:1-7 (KJV)
Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. 2The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 3Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
A glance at the headlines this past Friday informs us of how much unrest is in the world today. In December 6th’s USA Today Online we were informed of the following:
Bush economic team out
WASHINGTON — Paul O’Neill, whose outspokenness won him praise as a captain of industry but often landed him in hot water as President Bush’s Treasury secretary, announced his resignation Friday. Senior White House economic adviser Larry Lindsey also resigned.
TV pioneer Roone Arledge dies
NEW YORK — Roone Arledge, a pioneering TV executive at ABC News and Sports who created shows from ’Monday Night Football’ to ’Nightline,’ died Thursday, an ABC News spokesman said. He was 71.
U.S. agents raid software company
QUINCY, Mass. — Customs agents raided a Boston-area software company early Friday as part of an investigation it may have ties to terrorists. The agents are investigating whether a businessman on the list of alleged terrorist financiers owns part of the firm.
Study: War could cost U.S. nearly $2 trillion
WASHINGTON — In the worst case, a war with Iraq could cost the United States almost as much as the government spent in the last budget year — nearly $2 trillion, according to new projections in a study released Thursday.
Plane crashes into Federal Reserve Bank
MIAMI — Federal Reserve Bank officials were celebrating the holidays when a small experimental plane slammed into the sprawling building, crashing in a heap of smoke and fire.
10 dead after Israeli army incursion
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tanks rumbled into a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, sparking an intense firefight that killed 10 Palestinians early Friday, witnesses and hospital officials said.