The Kingdom Unveiled #8 – Matthew 5:17-48

Matthew 5:17
17 “Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill it…” 

> 6 Laws of the Heart

1) Do not Murder

Matthew 5:21-24
21 “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, ‘Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Whoever insults his brother or sister, will be subject to the court. Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to hellfire.”

LotH (Law of the Heart): Live at peace with everyone.

 23 So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” 

2) Do not Commit Adultery

Matt 5:27-30
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’  28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

LotH: Honor each other with your pure thoughts.

3) Do not Divorce

Matthew 5:31-32
31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’  32 But I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

Deuteronomy 24:1
1 If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house…

LotH: God desires that all marriages last for a lifetime.

4) Don’t Break your Oath

Matthew 5:33-34, 37
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, ‘You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord.’  34 But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all… 37 But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.”

LotH: Your character should be strong enough to verify your truth.

5) An Eye for an Eye

Matthew 5:38-42
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  39 But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

LotH: Overcome evil with good.

6) Love your Neighbor

Matthew 5:43-44, 46-47
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy…’ 

Leviticus 19:18
18 Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself;

44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary?”

LotH: Show love to everyone, no matter if it’s returned or not.

Matt 5:48
48 “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Teleios – complete, perfect

Romans 3:21-26 (NCV)
21 But God has a way to make people right with him without the law, and he has now shown us that way which the law and the prophets told us about. 22 God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same: 23 Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, 24 and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. 25 God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins. 26 And God gave Jesus to show today that he does what is right. God did this so he could judge rightly and so he could make right any person who has faith in Jesus.

The Kingdom Unveiled #7 – Matthew 5:1-16

Matthew 5:1-16
1 When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to teach them, saying:

> Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty?  It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.”  15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.

> Steps to Becoming Salt and Light

Beatitudes – “the blessings

(Makarios)

1) The poor in spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

…receive the Kingdom of Heaven.

2) Those who mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

…will be comforted.

2 Corinthians 7:10
10 Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation… 

3) The humble

Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth.

(Praus)

…will inherit the Earth.

Romans 8:16-17
16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

4) Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

…will be filled.

(Chortazō)

5) The merciful

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

…will receive mercy.

6) The pure in heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

…will see God.

1 Corinthians 13:12
12 For now we see only indirectly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

7) The peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

…will be called children of God.

8) Those who are persecuted

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 11 “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

…will receive a great reward in heaven.

16 …so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

> The Take-away Truth:

Give the Spirit permission to develop you.

The Kingdom Unveiled #5 – Matthew 3:13-4:11

Matthew 3:13-17
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?”  15 Jesus answered him, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John allowed him to be baptized. 16 When Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.”

> After a major spiritual victory, expect temptation.

> Satan’s main purposes in the world are to frustrate the plan of God and to seize the place of God.

>> His two-part plan:

1) Attack the image-bearers

2) Attack the image of God

Matthew 4:1-2
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

Mark 1:13
13 He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving him.

Gr. ekballoimpelled

Gr. peirazō – to test

> Why did Jesus need to be tested by Satan?

1) To demonstrate his divine kingship

2) To demonstrate the pattern for human victory over temptation

After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

> 3 tests of Satan:

1) Serve yourself

Matthew 4:3-4
Then the tempter approached [Jesus] and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.  He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Deuteronomy 8:3
3man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

>> We are to surrender to, and depend on God, waiting on His provision, rather than grabbing satisfaction for ourselves, whenever we think we need it.

2) Test God

Matthew 4:5-7
Then the devil took him to the holy city, had him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will give his angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”

>> We are told to believe first, and then, when we see miraculous things, it strengthens our faith.

3) Worship Satan

Matthew 4:8-10
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”

>> We are to place our minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Matthew 4:11
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and began to serve him.

Luke 4:13
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

> Fight temptation with the truth of God’s Word.

The Kingdom Unveiled #4 – Matthew 3:1-12

> Who is John the Baptist?

Malachi 3:1
1 “See, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to his temple, the Messenger of the covenant you delight in—see, he is coming,” says the Lord of Armies.

Malachi 4:5-6
Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.”

Luke 1:11-17
11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified and overcome with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14 There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb.16 He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.17 And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”

> Prophecies about John the Baptist:

1) God will send a messenger

Malachi 3:1 “See, I am going to send my messenger…”

Malachi 4:5 “Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah…”

Luke 1:15 “…he will be great in the sight of the Lord.”

   Luke 1:17 “…he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah…”

2) He will prepare the way of the Lord

Malachi 3:1 “…he will clear the way before me.”

Luke 1:17 “…to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”

3) He will turn hearts toward each other

Malachi 4:6 “…he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.”

Luke 1:16 “…he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”

Luke 1:17 “…to turn the hearts of fathers to their children…”

Matthew 3:1-3
1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight!

Isaiah 40:1-5
1 “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her time of forced labor is over, her iniquity has been pardoned, and she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” A voice of one crying out: “Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert. Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth and the rough places, a plain. And the glory of the Lord will appear, and all humanity together will see it, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Matthew 3:2
2“Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” 

Repentance isn’t just feeling bad for our sin.

It’s an action, a change of direction.

Repentance isn’t something we do before we come to God.

It’s what we do as we come to God.

Matthew 3:4-6
Now John had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

Matthew 3:11-12
11 [John said,] “I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”  12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with fire that never goes out.”

The Kingdom Unveiled #3 – Matthew 2

Matthew 2:1-23
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.”

> The Wise Men (Magi)

“Magi” Gr. magus

Why did they come? (a bubble)

When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 

> King Herod

Why was Herod so troubled? (bubble)

So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Christ would be born. “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: Because out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”  Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship him.” After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

> 4 gifts of the Magi:

1) Gold (Royalty – KING)

2) Frankincense (Divinity – PRIEST)

3) Myrrh (Death – SAVIOR)

4) Their Worship

12 And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.

13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt. 

Why did they go to Egypt? (bubble)

15 He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called my Son.

Hosea 11:1
1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

16 Then Herod, when he realized that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” 19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, because those who intended to kill the child are dead.” 21 So he got up, took the child and his mother, and entered the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned in a dream, he withdrew to the region of Galilee. 23 Then he went and settled in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Why Nazareth? (bubble)

>> 3 Reactions to the birth of Jesus:

1) Hatred (Herod)

2) Indifference (Priests)

3) Worship (Magi)

Is Jesus YOUR Messiah?

The Kingdom Unveiled #2 – Matthew 1

(This week’s sermon, rather than “fill in the blanks”, encourages you to make notes of your own)

Matthew 1:1
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Genealogy

Matthew 1:18-25
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Joseph

Who is the child?

The Kingdom Unveiled #1 – Overview of Matthew

> Central Truth: The kingdom of God is at hand, and your heart is built for it.

> Primary purpose: to show that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.

> 3 Roles that Jesus fulfills:

1) King

2) Prophet

Jesus as the new Moses:

Moses

Out of Egypt

Crosses the Red Sea

Wilderness for 40 years

Receives the Law on the mountain

Jesus

Out of Egypt

Baptism in Jordan River

Wilderness for 40 days

Gives a New Law on the mountain

3) Priest

> Organization of the Book of Matthew

>> Introduction (Ch. 1-3):

>> 5 sections about the Kingdom of God

1) Jesus unveils God’s Kingdom (Ch. 4-7)

2) Jesus brings the Kingdom to the people (Ch. 8-10)

3) Different responses to Jesus (Ch. 11-13)

4) Different expectations about the Messiah (Ch. 14-20)

5) The clash of the Kingdoms (Ch. 21-25)

>> The Finale (Ch. 26-28)

> Things to look for as you read:

1) Old Testament quotations

2) People who accept Jesus

The kingdom of God is at hand, and your heart is built for it.

Arrival #4 – Love

> Love

> More than anything, Christmas is a celebration of the love of God.

John 3:16
16 For God loved the world this much: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

>> God didn’t wait for the world to love Him before He sent Jesus.

>> The gift is received by those who believe.

 “The love of God is limitless; it embraces all mankind. No sacrifice was too great to bring its unmeasured intensity home to men and women: the best that God had to give, He gave – His only Son, His well-beloved.” -FF Bruce

1 John 3:16
16 This is how we have come to know love: [Jesus] laid down his life for us. 

>> God didn’t just say He loved the world, He proved it.

John 15:9-10
9 [Jesus said,] “As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love.”

Matthew 9:35-36
35 Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.

Romans 5:8
 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

1 John 3:1
1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

>> Jesus’ birth was an extravagant expression of the love of God for all humanity.

1 John 3:16
16 This is how we have come to know love: [Jesus] laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

John 13:34-35
34 [Jesus said,] “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1 Peter 1:22 (MSG)
22 Now that your obedience to the truth has purified your souls, you can have true love for your Christian brothers and sisters. So love each other deeply with all your heart. 

Arrival #3 – Joy

> Joy

Psalm 65:9-10, 12-13
You visit the earth and water it abundantly, enriching it greatly. God’s stream is filled with water, for you prepare the earth in this way, providing people with grain. 10 You soften it with showers and bless its growth, soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges. 12 The wilderness pastures overflow, and the hills are robed with joy. 13 The pastures are clothed with flocks and the valleys covered with grain. They shout in triumph; indeed, they sing.

Proverbs 23:24-25
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. 25 May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Proverbs 27:9
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

> Joy is an attitude that God’s people adopt, not because of happy circumstances, but because of their hope in God’s love and promises, and the peace that this hope brings.

Exodus 15:19-21
19 When Pharaoh’s horses with his chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the water of the sea back over them. But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then the prophetess Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women came out following her with tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; He has thrown the horse and its rider into the sea.”

> The joy of God’s people is not determined by their past or present struggles, but by their future destiny.

Isaiah 51:9-11
Wake up, wake up! Arm of the Lord, clothe yourself with strength. Wake up as in days past, as in generations long ago… 10 Wasn’t it you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the sea-bed into a road for the redeemed to pass over? 11 And the redeemed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee.

Luke 2:8-14
In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!”

“good news” – Gr. Euaggelizō: To preach the gospel

Acts 13:48-52
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and honored the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the prominent God-fearing women and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district. 51 But Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Acts 5:41
41 …rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be treated shamefully on behalf of the Name.

> Christian joy is a profound decision of faith and hope in the power of Jesus’ own life and love.

1 Peter 1:6-9
6 You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials 7 so that the proven character of your faith…may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Arrival #2 – Peace

> Advent means arrival or beginning

> Peace

Shalom – peace; complete or whole

Joshua 8:30-31
30 Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, 31 as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the Israelites. He built it according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses—an altar of uncut stones, on which no iron tool had been used. On it they offered to the Lord burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings. 

Job 5:24
24 You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.

1 Samuel 17:22
22 David left his supplies in the care of the quartermaster and ran to the battle line. When he arrived, he asked his brothers how they were.

> To bring shalom means “to make complete or restore.”

1 Kings 9:25
25…Solomon completed the temple.

Exodus 22:5
“When a man lets a field or vineyard be grazed in, and then allows his animals to go and graze in someone else’s field, he must repay with the best of his own field or vineyard.

Proverbs 16:7
When a person’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NASB)
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

Eirene – peace, harmony, tranquility

Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

> The birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, will bring peace between man and God.

John 14:25-27
25 Jesus said, “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.  27 Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.”

Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 

Jesus not only brought peace, He became our peace!

Ephesians 2:13-17
13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In his flesh, 15 he made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that he might create in himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16 He did this so that he might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross by which he put the hostility to death. 17 He came and proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

We should not just be peace-receivers, but peace-makers.

Ephesians 4:1-3
1 Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

Psalm 133:1-3
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

Romans 12:18
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 

> Honor the Prince of Peace with the way you live in peace.