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December 24, 2017

Sermon: Peace on God’s Terms

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Scripture Lesson

Psalm 72:1, 6-7; Luke 2:1-14

Prayer for Guidance and Support for the King

Of Solomon. Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

The Birth of Jesus

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Peace on God’s Terms
Psalm 72:1, 6-7; Luke 2:1-14

I. Introduction: For Better Or For Worse
II. Series: Peace
III. The kings of Israel (Ps. 72:1, 6-7)
     A. The coronation of a king (72:1)
     B. The king’s peace (72:7)
         1. “Like rain that falls on mown grass” (72:6)
         2. “Like showers that water the earth” (72:6)
     C. Unmet expectations
IV. Luke’s time (Lk. 2:1-14)
     A. Roman domination
         1. “Emperor Augustus” (2:1, 32 BC-14 AD)
             a. Savior
             b. Peace
         2. Power words (2:1, 2, 5)
     B. Unmet expectations
V. True power (Lk. 2:1-14)
     A. A “child” (2:6) vs. the Emperor
     B. A “manger” (2:7) vs. a palace
     C. An angelic announcement (2:10-11)
     D. Heavenly praise (2:13)
     E. “Peace” (2:14)
VI. So what?
     A. Do we want peace?
     B. Who brings peace?
     C. Seek and pray for peace on God’s terms
VII. Conclusion: The Christmas Truce (1914)


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