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December 6, 2015 - Peace (The Messiah’s Gifts Series) - Isaiah 11:1-9

posted Dec 8, 2015, 6:06 AM by Grant Garber
  • The promise of God is that the wolf and the lamb can live together.
  • We all know about living among the wolves.
  • There is no escaping the wolf.  That is because one of the places where it lives is within our own souls.
  • As frightened as we are of the wolves around us, we are more afraid of the wolf within us.  
  • Others of us are frightened by the lamb inside of us.
  • God made us both assertive and vulnerable.  We will never have peace and be free from fear until the wolf and the lamb learn how to lie down together.
  • Our favorite way of being both the wolf and the lamb is through compartmentalizing our lives.  But it isn’t possible to divide our lives between the two creatures.
  • One day, Jesus will return and His peaceful kingdom will reign.  But when He came at Christmas He already made it possible for us to experience the transformation of our human nature.
  • To live in Christ is to recover our created nature of being both assertive and vulnerable, strong and gentle, a leader and a servant.  
  • Jesus came to give us His life.  To be baptized and to commune with Him at this table means to receive the grace that makes us fully alive as we were created to be.
Pastor Jim Spon | Isaiah 11:1-9