Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
December 9, 2018 at 10:45 AM
The Yearn For Peace

The Yearn For Peace

“For unto us a child is born…his name is called…Prince ofPeace” Isa. ( 9:6 ).
The second decade of this Twenty-First Century is just
a few months before coming to an end. The year 2020 will
usher in the beginning of the 3rd decade of this Century. A
critique of the past two decades involving human
experiences during this period discloses an array of
realities. Among the more obvious are: International
strife and conflicts, national disarray, political inequities,
hunger, homeliness, human trafficking, and the so called
caravan, conceived by the Chief Executive Officer of the
USA.  Amidst these subhuman realities are widespread,
there is one common yearn for peace, and the Christmas
Season is the time when this theme is accentuated. To
commemorate this time, the sermon for today has been
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entitled, “The Yearn for Peace”.
The sermon will examine five dimensions of The Yearn
for peace, namely: the nature of peace; areas of peace; an
illustration of peace; the everlasting peace; and your level
of peace. As noted in the earlier read Scripture, the textual
anchor was lifted from Isaiah 9:6 where the prophet foretold
the coming of the Prince of Peace. Since Isaiah’s prophecy
is often used for sermons during the advent season, it is
deemed appropriate to take a brief look at him. He is known
as a major prophet; his book consists of 66 chapters, the
same number as are there chapters in the Bible. He was
a colorful writer augmented with picturesque illustrations,
poetic expressions, and visionary predictions. He has been
characterized as a prophet, teacher, and preacher; however,
his prophecy of the forthcoming messiah continues to

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epitomize Isaiah’s writings as reflected in sermons
and Handel’s Messiah. No attempt is herein made to
fully describe or evaluate Isaiah; instead, the focus is
to examine just one of the attributes he used to
describe the eventual birth of the Christ child – namely,
The Prince of Peace.
Against this synopsis of Isaiah, attention will now be
directed to the earlier specified dimensions of the subject
which is – The Nature of Peace. The concept peace has
several definitions with both similarities and differences.
Two of the more frequently cited definitions are –
“Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of
violent conflict and the freedom from fear of violence.” It
is generally viewed as the absence of hostility and/or
aggressive actions perpetrated by one nation or group

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against another. Another definition of peace is found in
Webster’s Ninth Collegiate Dictionary where it is
described as “a state of tranquility or quietness” either
without provocation or after a confrontation. These two
and numerous definitions of peace warrant several
conclusions regarding its nature; some of which are:
it is a state of quietness; a time of tranquility; a period
of relief; a source of happiness; a feeling of contentment;
an absence of worry; a perception of safety; and the
ongoing joy of daily living. Moving from the nature of
peace, the second concern is that Areas of Peace. While
peace is often views as the aftermath of conflicts
between nations, it must be noted that there are many
areas in which peace is both desired and sought.  Some of
the numerous areas desiring peace are: International

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Peace – between nations; National Peace – between
Democrats and Republicans; Regional Peace – between
city and rural dwellers; Workplace – between management
and workers; and many other arenas that include church,
neighborhood, home, and finally personal or peace of
mind. Beloved, without peace of mind none of the other
areas cited herein are of  significance to a moody,
anxiety, and self depreciating individual. This assertion
is based, in part, on the 1946 book entitled Peace of
Mind authored by Joshua Loth Liebman. Fortunately,
there is a therapy for such an individual, or any person,
without a awareness of mental peace, to attain the same.
It will be presented later in this sermon on the Yearn for
Peace. In the meantime, attention is called to the third
dimension of this sermon which is – An artistic painting

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of peace. The story is told of a king who commissioned
two artists to paint an illustration using a bird as the
nexus of the painting. One artist painted the bird and
sitting on a limb, the leaves where gently moving by
the gentle wind flow and the bird was whistling In contrast,
the other showed a bird – having experience a storm that
left broken branches, fallen leaves, and even some feathers
from the bird; yet the bird was holding on to a tree branch
and whistling. I take this last one! The former artist inquired
why that one? The king replied, it shows the real life
experience in seeking peace. Sometimes the wind may
howl; the rain may pour; the lighten may flash; and thunder
may roll, but – in life – peace comes from the ability to hold
like the little bird herein presented. Beloved, that painting
signals across the eons of time to us today with the

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message – just hold on a little while longer! Oh! the skeptics
will ask – hold on to what? This imaginary question leads to
the 4th   dimension of this sermon which is – the everlasting
source of peace. It comes from Jesus who in him ministry
made frequent references to and uses of peace; he told
an individual to go in peace; he calmed the storm with the
word, peace; he greeted Mary on resurrection with the word,
Peace, he greeted his disciples in his post resurrection with
the word peace; he said unto Doubting Thomas, “Peace be
unto you”; and in his pre crucifixion ministry Jesus sought
to diminish the disciples’ worry about his departure by
saying, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you”
not as the world giveth, give I unto you”. Oh! Beloved, that
same promise applies to all who believe in the efficacy of
his divine power. Hence, the closing point of this sermon

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becomes – how do you measure on the divine gauge of
Peace? Are you like the bird that weathered the storm;
are you like Doubting Thomas who had to see in order to
believe?; or are you like the man who said, Lord, I believe,
heal thou my unbelief”.
Remember, we are in the Advent Season – the time
leading up to the birth of Jesus. Hopefully, each of you will
have joy and peace that will endure long after the luster
of Christmas shall have passed. Now may the peace of
God abide with you from this day forward unto you walk
through the valley of the shadow of death. Amen.

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