The above video is taken off a sermon titled ‘Jesus- The Prince of Peace’ presented on December 27th, 2020, at the People’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A brief outline of the sermon is given below. Included in the sermon is a powerful life-changing story by Vanessa Perera at 16.11″ at and a beautiful Solo (‘O Holy Night’) by Melanie Bibile at 24.05″. Thanks to Mokshini Jayamanne for the sign language translation.

The Prince of Peace ( Isaiah 9:6-7)

Introduction:

  • Illustration to introduce topic
  • Reflect on the desperation in Isaiah’s time and the similarities in today’s situation
  • In Isaiah 9:1-2, the darkness and gloom is removed and the light comes shining through
  • Read Isaiah 9:6-7 and pray

Main Thought: 

Only Jesus can bring true peace to individuals and society.

Definition:

  • There was unceasing conflict and suffering in Isaiah’s time. The people were yearning to receive some relief from the continuous challenges of the time.
  • Meaning of the word ‘Peace’ in today’s world. Use Definition from Dictionary.

Main 4 Sermon thoughts

1) God is the source of true peace

  • Refer to Gideon’s altar named ‘Jehovah Shalom’ (Judges 6:24).
  • Expand on God being the true source of real peace.
  • Illustrations of people looking for satisfaction through Drugs/Money/Sex/Position etc., without turning to God and the futility in doing so.

2) God’s grace came to man through Jesus

  • Explain the situation and circumstances at the time of Jesus’ birth.
  • The miracle of Jesus’ birth in a stable and His advent.
  • The threats that were present- Matthew 2:3 (From Herod and Infections etc)
  • The Christmas story shows this grace coming to many as shown in God’s grace to Mary, Joseph, Simeon and the shepherds.
  • Testimony

3) Jesus – The Prince of Peace

  • The word ‘Prince’ refers to royalty because Jesus belonged to royalty.
  • References to Jesus’ kingship (Matthew 2:2, 2:6, Philippians:2:9)
  • His future rule (Philippians 2:9-11)
  • Special Song – ‘O Holy Night’

4) Examples from Jesus’ ministry

  • Isaiah’s prophecy in 9:1-2 was literally fulfilled when Jesus began His preaching ministry (Matthew 4:15)
  • Jesus spread peace wherever he went during His ministry (Calming the storm- Mark 4:39, Comforting disciples John 14:27)
  • Refer to John 1:5 NLT where it says the darkness can never extinguish the ‘Light’ Jesus brings.

            Closing:

  • Summarize the thoughts in the sermon through a prayer asking Jesus to transform people’s lives during the Season.

For further reading on the topic click link below:

https://www.preachingplatform.org/sermons/christmas-light-hope

You could also check this sermon out:

https://www.sermonsearch.com/sermon-outlines/124303/the-names-of-the-christmas-child/

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