Luke 12:51 (ESV)
51 “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”
Hang on a sec. I thought Jesus was supposed to be the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:7)?
Well, yes and no.
He clearly fulfills the prophecy foretold in Isaiah. But this represents the bigger picture.
As believers we are “reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans 5:20).
And, in time, we will be “reconciled to all things” (Colossians 1:20).
But in the meantime, sadly, there will be disagreement. Perhaps animosity. Even open hostility.
Our friends and family may not agree with us. Their views and beliefs will not necessarily match ours.
We know that the world as a whole “loves the darkness” (John 3:19).
That’s why Jesus came. To be the “light of the world” (John 8:12).
Yet Jesus clearly says to His disciples that they too “are not of the world”, “therefore the world hates [them]” (John 15:19).
Thus, we too are “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).
Hence the cause of the “division”.
We should expect it. Not seek it. But understand it.
As Christians, we are called to be rebels. Our words and deeds, if done to honour and glorify God, will often be counter-cultural.
We should not strive to please or placate the world or conform to society’s status quo in order to keep-the-peace.
Rather, we should “hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught” (Titus 1:9).
Despite what it may cost us (Luke 9:57ff).
prayer : help me to be true to God’s Word
action : “do not be ashamed” (2 Timothy 1:8)