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Blessed Are the Peacemakers (7 of 8)
Series: The Sermon on the Mount
INTRODUCTION: As we pick up our study of the Beatitudes, we come to lesson number seven, or the 7th blessing: ''Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.'' With that, let us consider our two main points:
I. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
Jesus said, ''Blessed are the peacemakers.'' The Greek word, Makarios, means ''happy.'' So, then, the peacemaker is a happy person. Let's take a minute and consider why this person is so happy and blessed--this person Jesus refers to as a peacemaker. First, he is happy and blessed because...
A. He is at peace with God
1. We've all heard someone say, ''Have you made your peace with God?'' meaning; ''Have you reconciled with God, have you had your sins forgiven--are you sure of heaven?''
a. The Bible teaches that there is a wall of separation between man and God. Sin separates--sin places man at odds with God; there is no peace between the sinner and the Savior. In Isaiah 59:2, it says, ''But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that He will not hear.''
b. When we turn to God in faith and receive forgiveness of sin through the blood of Christ, the barrier that has separated us from God is removed--forgiveness is given, fellowship is restored, and we are now at peace with God.
1) This is the reason we celebrate the birth of Christ; He is our Peacemaker. Jesus brought peace to all mankind. The angels said to the shepherds; Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men'' (Luke 2:14).
ILLUS: Two painters were asked to paint a picture illustrating peace. The first painted a beautiful evening scene in the foreground of which was a lake, its surface absolutely calm and unruffled. Trees surrounded it, meadows stretched away to the distant cattle gently browsing; a little cottage, the setting sun--all spoke of perfect rest. The second painter drew a wild, stormy scene. Heavy black clouds hung overhead; in the center of the picture an immense waterfall poured forth huge volumes of water covered with foam. One could almost hear its unceasing roar; yet perhaps the first thing to strike the eye was a small bird, perched in a cleft of a huge rock, absolutely sheltered from all danger, pouring forth its sweet notes of joy. It is the second painter who could describe the peace that passeth all understanding which is the Lord Jesus Christ, the wisdom of God in the heart of the redeemed. One can only have peace with himself if he has peace with God.1
And, so, the blessed and happy man is the one who has made his peace with God. Then secondly, the peacemaker is happy because...
B. He is at peace with others
1. Peace with God leads to peace with our fellow man. You show me a person who is at odds with someone else, and I'll show you a person who is having serious trouble in their relat ...
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