Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Glory and Peace
Isaiah 9:6 & Luke 2:8-14 by Pastor Jo Kim
Series: The Word Which Was In The Beginning

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Glory and Peace
(Is9:6; Lk2:8-14)

God is worthy to receive glory.
Glory comes from Him and returns to Him (Is24:16; Jn1:14) and
He repays those who give glory to Him with peace (Lk2:14).

Faith is welcoming the peace He gives and longing for it.
The life of this faith is passionately giving Him glory and overcoming all things (Rm8:34-36).

To have glory, there must be victory first, and to have victory there must be a battle first;
For peace to be welcomed there must be a disaster before, and before a disaster is a battle.
Although no one likes destruction and casualties for all fear them,
There has never been a moment in history where there was no war.

Despite the fact that, deceived by the serpent, the devil,
Adam the ancestor of mankind sinned (Ge3:4) and all men became slaves of the devil (2Pe2:19),
The greatest battle between the offspring of the serpent and
The offspring of the woman — and His victory — was declared (Ge3:15).

Through the events of the exodus and the Red Sea
God demonstrated to men how He Himself would fight for them (Ex14:14).
Thereafter, the history of Israel became that of wars (Nu21:14) as
They faced endless battles and longed for peace.

The temple where the name of the Lord God was (2Ch6:6)
Reminded them the battle belonged to the Lord (1Sa17:47) and
The prophecy regarding the appearance of the King who would be mighty in battle (Ps24:8).

When it was time, the Son of God came to the world born of a virgin
A baby on whose shoulders was the government in the name Yeshua (Is9:6; Mt1:20-21), and
He said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” (Jn2:19), because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body,
He would fight and triumph and give glory to God and peace to men (Lk2:14)
For He came as the kingdom of heaven (Mt3:2),
The Word in the beginning, the glory of the One and Only, God’s strategy for victory (Jn1:1, 14).

As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Laid down His life using His body as a weapon to overcome and glorified the Father (Jn10:17-18; Php2:6-11);
2) Through His death destroyed the power of death (He2:14; 1Jn3:8); and
3) Tore His flesh destroying the walls of prison and released the bound (Is61:1; He2:15).

The Father raised Him up and Yeshua entered through the triumphal gates of heaven and
Sat at the right hand of the Majesty (Mk16:19; He12:2).

The Holy Spirit whom He sent
Comes to those who welcome and believe the name Yeshua (Jn1:12) and
Helps them fight their remaining battle (Rm8:26).

The Christian is he who follows his Leader Jesus Christ and
Fights his own fight and overcomes by
His determination to fight to death and not hold back his life, his body.
He breaks whatever the obstacle is before him —
Whether poverty, sickness, persecutions (Rm8:34-36),
Fleshly desires, shame or suffering (Is53:7; Rm8:8; Eph6:12; He12:7) —
For no one can break the peace that is in him and
He longs to finally enter through the triumphal gates of
The kingdom of peace in that day (Rev21:24-26, 22:14).

O Lord,
Let us not hold back our bodies but
Use them as our weapons to deny ourselves.
Help us break through whatever is in our way and overcome our battles.
Let the peace within our hearts overflow like a river! Amen.