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November 26, 2017

Sermon: Peace: Where to Begin?

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 52:7-9; Luke 4:42-43

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.

Jesus Preaches in the Synagogues
At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Peace: Where to Begin?
Isaiah 52:7-9; Luke 4:42-43

I. Introduction: Garfield
II. Series: Peace
III. Isaiah portrays a scene (Is. 52:7-9)
    A. Israel is in exile (545-39 BC)
    B. Location: the “ruins of Jerusalem” (52:9)
    C. The action
         1. The sentinels see a messenger far off (52:7)
         2. The announcement (52:7)
         3. “Your sentinels . . . sing for joy” (52:8)
         4. The “return of the Lord” (52:8)
     D. Summary: “Peace” (52:7)
     E. It did not happen in Isaiah’s day
IV. Jesus’ fulfillment of Isaiah (Is. 52:7-9; Lk. 4:40-43)
     A. Jesus has been healing into the night (4:40)
     B. “At daybreak” he goes “to a deserted place” (4:42)
     C. He is reminded of his “purpose” (4:43)
     D. What is “the good news of the kingdom”? (4:43)
         1. Our “God reigns” (52:7; 4:43)
         2. The “return of the Lord” (52:8)
     E. Summary: “Peace” (52:7)
V. Where do we begin at Advent? (Is. 52:7-9; Lk. 4:42-43)
     A. Like Jesus, make time for God (4:42)
     B. Like the sentinels
         1. Actively wait
         2. “Sing for joy” (52:8)
VI. Conclusion: John Waller, “While I’m Waiting”


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