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Summary: The Ultimate Peacemaker is Christ Our First Call as Peacemakers is as Ambassadors for Christ Our Secondary Call as Peacemakers is to Promote Reconciliation Among People Our Call to Be Peacemakers is NOT an Absolute Call to Humanistic Pacifism

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Series: The Sermon on the Mount

Title: What is a Peacemaker?

Text: Matthew 5:9

INTRODUCTION: We continue our study of the introduction to Jesus’s greatest sermon on the mount, which are generally referred to as the Beatitudes.

As we have noted, the term “Beatitude” means supreme blessedness.

And Jesus is describing the character of those who are considered to be the blessed of God.

One of the ideas which I have put forward since we began this study is that I do not believe that Jesus is referring to a series of individuals.

I do not believe He is talking about some who are “poor in spirit” and others who “mourn” and others who are “meek” and so on.

I believe He is building a picture of what an individual believer should look like.

A believer will be POOR IN SPIRIT.

A believer will MOURN

A believer will be MEEK

A believer will HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

A believer will be MERCIFUL

A believer will possess a PURE HEART

As a result, when we come to the next-to-last beatitude today, what I hope we see is that this is not a specific call for a specific group of Christians, but rather it is a call which should be understood as addressing all people who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.

READ: Matthew 5:9

Today we are going to address the questions “What is a Peacemaker” and “What does the call to being a Peacemaker involve?”

There is a lot which I would like to address on this issue, and I want to get right to it by providing you the outline of today’s message:

The Ultimate Peacemaker is Christ

Our First Call as Peacemakers is as Ambassadors for Christ

Our Secondary Call as Peacemakers is to Promote Reconciliation Among People

Our Call to Be Peacemakers is NOT an Absolute Call to Humanistic Pacifism

The Ultimate Peacemaker is Christ

In the Old Testament, a prophecy is given about the coming Messiah.

It is one we usually associate with the coming Christmas holiday.

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

This title, Prince of Peace is very important.

When we talk about Jesus being the Prince of Peace, there is a very specific context wherein this applies.

You see, the Jews believed the Messiah would bring peace... but that He would do so by being a warrior.

This was what was so perplexing about Jesus.

He did not have an army; He did not bear a sword.

And He had no intention of overthrowing the Roman authorities.

He told Pilate that He could, but that this was not His purpose.

But peace in Jerusalem was not the peace which Jesus came to bring.

He did not come to be a worldly conqueror who brought peace between warring nations.

Instead, He came to bring a much more valuable and needed peace to mankind... He came to bring PEACE WITH GOD.

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


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