Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
December 10, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Who Is Your Prince
Description

Who is Your Prince?

THE PRINCE OF PEACE
“…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The MightyGod, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isa 9:6

The Old Testament contains a vivid history of an oppressed
people who, nonetheless, yearned for divine relief. Those people
were consoled by prophetic writers, one of who was Isaiah.
He was a major prophet, a colorful writer, and a divine visionary.
Isaiah foretold the birth of a Child whose titles included The
Prince of Peace ( Isa. 9:6 ) In a later chapter, Isaiah’s prophetic
vision shifted to the impending crucifixion of the Child whom he
labeled as He ( Isaiah 53:3 ).
Many Centuries later, Isaiah’s prophecies were fulfilled as
documented in New Testament history. Jesus was born and he
fulfilled his earthly mission. Prior to his crucifixion, however, he
gave a promise of peace that undergirded the earlier prophecy of
Isaiah ( Isa. 9:6 and John 14:27 ).         Since the Two Testaments are interrelated, the sermon today
will be anchored in Old Testament prophecy regarding the

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forthcoming birth of Christ and the New Testament account
where Christ gave the promise of peace. Accordingly, it has been
entitled,  The Prince of Peace.  As noted in the text earlier read,
Isaiah 9:6, one title included in names for Jesus was The Prince of
Peace. The sermon’s intent is to reemphasize the fact that Jesus, as
the Prince of Peace, is superior to all other princes. Not only is Jesus
above all Princes, Hebrews 1:4 asserts that he is much better than
the angels…”. Prior to looking at Jesus as the Prince of Peace, let us
specify the three dimensions of the sermon; they are: to identify
several types of princes; to present Jesus as the superior prince,
and to pose the question as to who the prince of your life?
Since Isaiah’s designation, Prince of Peace, is so deeply
embedded the Advent Season, it is deemed legitimate to provide
a brief sketch on the historical setting of this Scriptural reference.
It was written for the Israelites who had experienced Centuries of
disappointments, hardship, and exclusions. They had, nonetheless,
continued to embrace the notion of a forthcoming emancipator
who would free them and establish a Jewish Kingdom on earth.

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Isaiah, in this connection, knew that anticipation was contrary to
God’s plan and sought, therefore, to assure the Israelites that
they were yet in the plan of God; however, they would be the
benefactors of peace rather than politics. Hence, he offered them
a prophecy of peace.
Against this brief historical focus on the text, let us now
turn to the earlier specified concerns or topics, the first of which
is – different types of princes. As analyzed today, the first type of
prince is known as Prince Charming.  He is “a stock character
who originates in a number of fairy tales. He is the Prince who
comes to females in distress. The  Prince enjoys the admiration of
women, but is not serious about becoming attached to any one.
He appears in episodes involving Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and
Snow White.  Prince Charming rescued Snow White from
her near death sleep caused by eating the poisoned apple. He gave
her no medication; instead, the Prince kissed Snow White with such
intensity that she woke up, I image with a shock and a smile.
Although that nursery fable is intriguing, it is not the type of prince

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needed in the world today.
There is another type of prince who is known for being over
a political kingdom. England has Prince Phillips and Saudi Arabia
has numerous crown princes. In both of those countries, the prince
enjoys wealth, prestige, influence, and leisure time. In many
instances, the prince will one day become head of the country in
which he lives. While the political prince does exist, it is not the one
that the world, especially the Christian segment, most needs.
There is a third price is known as the prince of deceit. He
thrives on manipulation of people; his motto is do unto others
before they do it to you. Further, this prince of deceit believes that
anything is right if it works. He is the type that throws a stone and
then hides his hand; he embraces and then stabs the person in the
back; he digs ditches and waits for a traveler to fall there into; and
he rejoices in the trial, misfortunes and failures of others. This
prince of deceit is certainly not one that is needed in the world
today.
The fourth prince is known as the Prince of The Air; he was

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one of the three arch angels and his name was Lucifer. He is also
know by many other names, some of which are:  Satan, Devil,
Deceiver, Father of lies, and soon of the morning ( Isa. 14:12 ).
Satan, as the Prince of the Air has roamed the earth since the time
of Adam and Eve. He is a master craftsman in deceit, he is over
bearing in persuasion, he is superb as a pretender; he is effective
as an motivator; and – according to the Bible – he is forever roaming
the earth ( Job 1:7 ). Although this prince of the Air has been
around for Centuries the world would be better off without his
presence.  At this point, the critical question becomes – is there
a Prince capable of fulfilling the widely varied needs of humanity.
Beloved, the answer is a resounding yes. He was foretold by the
Isaiah, the Prophet. Our text today contains the wonderful news of
that prophecy; therein, Isaiah depicted him as Wonderful, Counselor
the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Many Centuries after that prophecy, the eventuality occurred.
It is narrated in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Both of those
writers documented the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesy. Although

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that human embodiment was named Jesus and not the Prince
of Peace, the life and ministry of Jesus was enshrouded in peace.
Luke tells us that a heavenly host of angels sang, praising God, and
saying, “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good
will toward men ( Luke 2:14 ). Early in his ministry, Jesus
emphasized the reward for those who sought peace as reflected
in the statement, “Blessed are the peace makers for they shall
be called the children of God” ( Matthew 5:9 ). Other indications
of Jesus as the Prince include: he calmed the turbulent waters by
saying peace be still ( Mark 4:39  ); he promised to leave his peace
with the believers ( John 14:27 ); and he spoke peace unto the
disciples upon coming upon them behind closed doors ( John 20:26       Beloved, these are but a few indications of Jesus as the
Prince of Peace. This fact leads to the second, and final, aspect of                                                                                            the sermon which is that question of – who is your prince?
Is he Prince Charming who will awaken you from the sleep of
inactivity, lethargy, indifference, and idleness? If so, just keep on
sleeping because you will be of little value to yourself or any other

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person. Moreover, you will be akin to Rip Van Winkle who slept for
twenty years, out of touch with everything.
Might you Prince, secondly, be of the political type; one who
controls land and people. Should this be the case, please not
that the political prince has no special admiration for anyone other
than himself. He sees people as subjects of government and makes
to provision for them to share in his power. This political prince will
gladly pose with someone for a picture and then forget about ever
having seen the person. Beloved, you must avoid becoming overly
attached to the political prince because he is seldom available when
help is needed.
Continuing the inquiry regarding your prince, the question
becomes is he the prince of deceit? Should he be your associate,
both history and the Bible have shown that you are headed for
a great disappointment. Remember, the Bible teaches you shall
reap what you sow.
Might your prince, fourthly, be the Prince of the Air, If so,
you are yielding to temptation, deceit, and disappointment. Never

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forget this prince, also known as the Devil, is the father of lies,
cunning in action, deceitful in promises, and forever in pursuit of
the spiritually weak individuals.
Hopefully, it has become clear that the preceding princes
leave much to be desired in terms of personal welfare. Friends, we
need to be awake rather than asleep with respect to morals, values,
and actions; we need to be thankful of our possessions rather than
to expect someone to give us something for noting; we must strive
to be ethical, benevolent, and morally upright instead of living a
double life. We must, further, attain a personal discipline that will
steer us away from temptation and unrealistic pursuits. So what
is our best option; it is that of embracing Jesus as the Prince of
Peace in our life.  The Bible tells us that he was foretold as the
Prince of Peace; he later taught on the value of peace; he calm
the troubling waters by uttering the expression, peace be still;
he promised peace to his disciples and for all believers – including
us here assembled, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace
I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not

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your heart be troubled, neither let it not be afraid. ( Jo. 14:27 )
Beloved, I am of the opinion that all of us can benefit from the
peace that Jesus left for believers. It may be a physical need for
peace to withstand aches and pain; his peace is accessible; it
may be a social need for peace to resolve family discord; his peace is
available.  It may be a job related need for peace to cope with a
belligerent supervisor; his peace is the answer and it may be the
need for consolation in the dying hour; his peace is will guide you
through the valley of the shadow of death. So in closing, let us
be ever mindful of his promise of peace; a promise that is
eternal, inerrant, and everlasting. Amen.

 

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