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December 3, 2017

Sermon: Prepare for Peace?

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Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:13-17

The Righteous Reign of the Coming King
But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Prepare for Peace?
Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:13-17

I. Introduction: Dustin
II. Series: Peace
III. Isaiah’s situation (Is. 9:1-7)
     A. Israel about 733 BC (Assyria)
     B. The Israelites want peace
     C. The hopes for the next leader
         1. “There will be no gloom” (9:1)
         2. “A great light” (9:2)
         3. “Joy; they rejoice” (9:3)
         4. The tools of war destroyed (9:5)
         5. The names (9:6)
         6. “There shall be endless peace” (9:7)
     D. This is too much to expect (9:7)
IV. The good news (Matt. 4:13-17)
     A. Israel about 30 AD (Rome)
     B. The Israelites want peace
     C. Jesus fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy, in part
         1. In Galilee (Is. 9:1; Matt. 4:13, 15)
         2. He is the “great light” (Is. 9:2; Matt. 4:16)
     D. But wait . . .
         1. The “light has dawned” (4:16)
         2. “The kingdom of heaven has come near” (4:17)
V. How can we prepare for God’s peace? (Is. 9:1-7; Matt. 4:13-17)
     A. We don’t want to prepare
     B. Prayer of longing
     C. Practice “justice and righteousness” (9:7)
     D. “Repent” (4:17)
         1. Not sorrow or regret
         2. Change as a response to God
VI. Conclusion: John Steinbeck, “The Wayward Bus”


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