THE WORDS OF JESUS
Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 47
“Not Peace, but a Sword”
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.
The Words of Jesus, Matthew 10:34-36
This hardly sounds like the Jesus we were taught about in Sunday school. Jesus has said things like, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”. (John 14:27); and the word peace is used and talked about over ninety times in the New Testament. Yet here we have it straight from the mouth of Jesus, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
These words are not spoken in anger. Jesus did not come into this world to condemn, but to save. It is because of their unbelief that some are already condemned.
We know that Jesus is our Great Shepherd, and that He cares for and protects His sheep (His followers). But to those who reject Him, He is an obstacle and a stumbling block, creating division between the righteous and the unrighteous, believers and the rebellious, dividing households and even families.
This is the ‘great divide’ (my term). We hear that at the End of the Age, God will divide the ‘wheat from the tares’, and the ‘sheep from the goats’, and those whose names are written in the Books – the ‘Book of Life’ and those whose names are not found in that book – some to everlasting glory with God, and some to eternal torment in the lake of fire.
We (Christians – disciples of Jesus) are to follow Him in His methods and His ways. We are to be gentle as doves, yet wise as a serpent. Filled with the fruit of the Spirit, (the result of His presence within us), resulting in love, unselfish concern for others, joy, inner peace, patience, not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Lifting the name of Jesus, so He will draw many to Himself through our lives.
Still, the Apostle Paul reminds us that, “There are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame–who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. “But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven.” (Philippians 3)
Your Brother and Friend,
Here is further reading on these matters that may be of help. Be blessed as you serve Him.
NEXT: THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them?, “Whoever love father and mother more than me Is not worthy of me”, Part 48.
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