Have you ever thought what it would be like to be in the Garden of Eden before The Fall?
Can you imagine a harmony, with out strife and conflict in our every day existence? That is what life and creation are like in the
In our season of Advent, we are called to celebrate that Christ is coming to teach and bring redemption; not just the children of Abraham, but all people.
The title of this Advent sermon is “Teaching Peace”
I The Bringing of Peace - Isaiah
In Isaiah we see an outline of The Messiah; he blue print of Christ’s coming and his purpose to redeem the people, and all of creation.
The terms used to describe The Messiah are the following: a branch from Jesse, (King David’s father), the shoot that comes from the root (of David’s tribe), filled with God’s Spirit. It is The Spirit ,of wisdom, of counsel, of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord, that delights in righteous judgment, and will champion the poor of the earth.
He is to strike the earth with the rod of his mouth. The Rod was used for caring burdens and for protection. The shepherd used it for support, a walking stick, or a weapon to defend the sheep. It was used for threshing grain, to separate the grain (the fruit) from the stalks (the chaff). It was a symbol of authority and an instrument used by God. The breath describes the Spirit of God in slaying the wicked.
The sash was the banner and identity of the office of the Priests. It was a band that held the sword, or carried your money.
Isaiah describes the establishing of The Kingdom, and the restoration of the creation. Many of these descriptions are familiar to us: the wolf lying down with the lamb, the lion eating straw like the ox, and the child playing with poisonous snakes. It gives us a view of the creation before The Fall with mankind and nature in peaceful harmony.
Nature as we imagine it: where the birds will let you pick them up, the deer will let you pet them, and the animals would eat out of your hand. It is a creation with out evil, and fangs, and poison.
The Messiah (root of Jesse) will
stand as a banner for the
The High Priests were the battlefield commanders, with the
II Teaching God’s Peace through The Messiah – Psalm like Isaiah
In Psalm 72 was written by David for his son Solomon. It is also the basis for our Hymn today: “Jesus Shall Reign”, written by Isaac Watts in 1719. In it we see the role of The King and the characteristics of The Messiah. He brings justice and redemption to the poor and afflicted. He is the one who will judge, will defend, will endure, will rule the people in righteousness, and will deliver the afflicted and the needy. The Messiah /King is the Lordship and the King of Creation, he is a righteous deliverer, and all nations will be blessed through him. It is a description of bringing in The Kingdom.
We see this in the light of The New Testament where “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord of all.”
III The Teaching of God’s Kingdom – Romans
In Romans, is God’s
call of transformation between
Paul demonstrates that it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but the children of The Promise, who are re-guarded as Abraham’s offspring. It is God who calls The Messiah to righteousness, and to bear fruit, (Isaiah V 11:1) from the root of Jesse. Just as God calls those who are grafted into that branch of Jesse.
IV The Teaching of Peace – Matthew
In Matthew we see John the Baptist, demonstrating the call to repentance and baptism that is required before the coming of The Messiah and God’s redemption.
is our response to God’s call upon our lives that is
part of, that redemption process
in the bringing in of the
The term “repent” is a change in the person’s attitude towards God, and the direction they are taking in their lives. John the Baptist is a prophet, but he does not use the bracketing phrases like Isaiah. He is preparing “The Way” for the King / the Messiah who is coming to redeem the children of Abraham, and all people. The term “heaven” is a substitute for the name of God with out mentioning his Name; He was preaching a message of hope, and independence free from oppression.
John’s preaching had struck a chord, that called to all of the people in the hope of being redeemed. John’s actions matched his words.
He is speaking of the Pharisees and the Saducees referring to them as the “brood of vipers”. Because they are wise and cunning like the serpent, and allowing evil to exist. They used their wisdom to bind people in the legalism, and the traditions of the law. They did not teach the heart and intent of the Law through living in God’s will.
They believed that their heritage (being sons of Abraham) would save them.
John was calling them to proper leadership in their responsibilities, as the leaders of the community. He was calling all people to repentance, to bring peace to the people, and free them from the legalism of their traditions.
V Conclusion –
We see The Messiah, as the redeemer, bringing Peace. He calls,
rescues and restores, not
only the nation of
In being faithful to Christ and faithful to ourselves, we return
to relationship with God and with each other. We help bring about the
Christ will be faithful in His righteousness.
He will redeem all people and all nature.
We have only to trust in the presence and care of God for us.
As Jesus’ followers, we need to learn the peace of God’s teaching,
through the example set for us.
It is The Kingdom that brings God’s peace in the world and in creation.
In the Name of … the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun
will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and
in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.
- Luke 2:78 – 79 (Wrong verse)