“The Path to Peace” (Luke 1:68-79)
Advent C / Peace / Luke 1:68–79
Sermon type: Textual-Topical
Proposition: Jesus came as PROPHET to guide us on the path that leads to peace. He does this by embodying the life that leads to peace, giving us a perfect example. The basis for our receiving this peace is Christ’s work as PRIEST, whereby he opened up the door to relationship with God. As KING, he defeated our enemies, including the wrath of God, so that we can serve God without fear.
1. We’re promised that Christ would bring peace but some experience more than others. Why?
2. Jesus is our guide to lead us in the path of peace (Luke 1:78-79). He is the “rising sun from heaven” sent to “shine on those living in darkness”. His life is our example.
In his life he demonstrated:
I. Recognize the source of a lack of peace, False Attachments/Beliefs–A radical TURNING FROM SIN
(Basis: Our having been DELIVERED from the POWER of our enemies—Luke 1:74, the bondage sin brings)
1. Jesus was baptized, affirming the message of John’s call to turn from sin (Luke 3:21-22).
Annotations on the Gospel according to St. Luke Chapter 1
Why was the ministry of the Messiah preceded by that of another divine messenger? Because the very notion of salvation was falsified in Israel, and had to be corrected before salvation could be realized.
2. Sin is first an attitude (unbelief, false belief) then an action (disobedience).
3. Jesus was then led by the Spirit to fight the real enemy in wilderness (Luke 4:1-2a)—the one who would lead us into bondage of sin.
II. Reconnect with the true source of peace, Practicing Faith in God–A radical TURNING TOWARDS GOD
(Basis: Our call to be DEVOTED to God’s PERSON—Luke 1:75, the meaning of holiness, which is serving God.)
1. We were saved for a purpose, “to enable us to serve him” (Luke 1:74b). Greek word for serve is λατρεύω, latreuo
3. Peace is found in seeking God and living in tune with him (as Christ did).
III. Realize Your Purpose on this Earth, to bear the image of God–A radical TURNING TOWARDS OTHERS
(Basis: Our call to be DEVOTED to God’s PURPOSE—Luke 1:75, the meaning of righteousness, which is serving others.)
1. “Pure heart” (holiness) and “practice of virtue” (righteousness)—from quote above–is same as James’ definition of true religion (i.e., true worship, devotion)—James 1:27.
3. Cannot know peace turned in upon oneself (Scrooge, etc.).